I felt frustrated and discouraged, and that’s when the negative whispers of the enemy began. He pointed out every area of struggle in my life and tried to convince me that nothing would improve.
Though I prayed silently and kept pushing forward, I was feeling pretty worn down. One thing after another happened. The trouble rained down on me and refused to let up.
Have you ever gone through a stormy season like that?
I recall how, in the midst of it, I earnestly sought God for help and strength. I so desperately needed His guidance and reassurance.
A little while into my fervent prayer, a song dropped into my spirit—the beautiful hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul.” It was written by a Chicago lawyer Horatio G. Spafford after he and his wife Anna lost all four of their daughters in a ship accident.
When I thought about the melody the Lord placed in my heart, I understood exactly why He did it. It was to remind me not to be controlled by my circumstances. I needed to keep my gaze fixed upon Him.
He then led me to the familiar story of the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4:8-37. In dire circumstances, when her son became suddenly ill and died, she didn’t panic or lose hope.
Instead, she sought out Elisha, the prophet of God. In verse 23, when her husband asked why she was looking for the man of God, she did not answer her spouse in a panic. She was not hysterical.
Her son was dead and she was calm. This faith-filled woman said three words in the middle of a negative crisis: it is well.
What are you saying in the middle of your crisis? Are you speaking the Word or are you uttering words of worry?
Speak the Word of God over your circumstances. There's power in the Word!
I know things may be hard. But change your outlook. Focus on God and His power. Take refuge in the name of the Lord. He will never fail you.
No matter what the name of your struggle is—whether it be disease, lack, depression, or devastation—the name of the Lord is greater! So don’t look at the size of the problem, but rather, the size of your God. He is bigger than the mountain standing in your way.
If the Shunammite woman could declare that it was already alright during a serious shakeup in her world, so can you. She spoke victory while her only son, a child of promise, who had been prophesied by Elisha, lay lifeless.
This woman believed God and spoke words of faith, and the Lord used Elisha to perform the miracle of returning the boy back to his previously healthy state. God turned it around.
Don’t you know He’s able to do the same thing for you? If so, walk like you believe. Talk like you believe. If you truly trust God, what you say in the midst of the storm will line up with your faith.
I also want to say this: things don’t always go our way. Sometimes, we experience loss, disappointment and suffering. Nevertheless, we must understand that God’s will is better than our way. The good news is He will cause even the worst situation to work for our good.
In order to help you remain calm in affliction and cling to faith and hope in God, I’m stirring the words of the Shunammite woman into your cup of inspiration taken from 2 Kings 4:23: “And she said, ‘It is well.’”
When you drink down the contents of your cup today, you will be reminded to reject words of defeat and declare by faith that it is well in all things.
Open your mouth and begin declaring what God has declared in Scripture. Speak only what He speaks. Believe in His promises. They will come to pass.
It is well.
It is done.
It is worked out.
It is turned around.
It is fixed.
It is so.
And so it is.
Open your mouth and speak the word.
God, I am going through hardship. In some areas, things just aren’t coming together. But when I feel tempted to give into discouragement, please help me to trust in Your word and declare Your promises. No matter what I’m facing, I proclaim by faith today that it is well! And I believe You will work it all out according to Your divine will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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