“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 KJV
I was listening to Travis Greene’s song “He’s intentional”, and it ministered to me in a new way this morning. Now I’ve heard that song like a million times but today it settled in my spirit, just how intentional God is.
This year started off with a twist then turned rocky, and as much as I thought I knew it all, I didn’t. As ready as I thought I was for certain things I involved myself into, I wasn’t. Nothing catches God by surprise, He knew every obstacle and mistake that I would make. Only God knows what I would’ve entangled myself more, into had He not put a halt to my plans.
Today, I thank God for the closed doors, they gave me motivation to work harder with godly wisdom towards the right doors. I thank God for hardening the hearts of men towards me, they pushed me closer to a King who I know will NEVER leave me nor forsake me. I thank God for allowing me to go through it all, because it redirected my steps and desires back to Him. He has and is still working everything out that I’ve been through, the good and bad, for my good. His Word does not lie!
It’s amazing to see how much God has matured me in these last few months. I have learned a lot about myself. My desires have transformed. My perspective has changed, and I completely just want to be in God’s will.
I can truly say I overcame the sin of turning desires that were in my heart into idols. I can truly say I feel free from past mistakes. It’s still a daily process, but each day I feel a change in myself. I thank God because He used what the devil thought would take me out, to bring me out of myself and closer to Him.
I shared all that to say, whatever you’re going through, whether it is a heartbreak, job loss, depression, hardships, remember that God is intentional, and He’s never-failing, so don’t lose trust in Him. He will turn it around. He will heal your broken heart. He will provide for your every need. He will loosen the grip of the enemy’s hands off your life. You just have to be a warrior! You have to keep pressing forth! Let your faith increase by overlooking your “now”, and looking to the creator of your future. I know it’s easier said than done but I wouldn’t share this if I didn’t believe it.
It took me a while to truly understand that God has a plan, and I must trust Him. You must trust Him. I don’t have to worry about how the plan will manifest, I just have to remain obedient and have a repenting heart when I do make mistakes.
When life gets tough, don’t stay down. Dust yourself off and get back in the race. I would’ve never thought I would be here, at this point, this quickly. I feel free and whole, with clarity, and it’s because I never gave up on God. As many times as I wanted to throw in the towel, I kept moving forward. I gave my heart to men, and they let me down, but I kept moving forward. I had no idea how I was going to pay bills, but I kept moving forward. I felt like I what I was doing, going to church, trying to live right, was for nothing, but I didn’t stop, I kept moving forward. Sometimes I feel alone in this walk, but I still move forward, because I know God will use my perseverance for His glory.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 KJV
Pressing forth and looking ahead will allow you to reap the benefits of letting Him heal, restore, and transform you. So, trust Him through your situations. Don’t look at the closed doors as the end. Don’t look at someone leaving you as the value of your worth. God will restore what the devil stole, and most of what the enemy stole, belonged to him and wasn’t meant for you anyway.
God is intentional with every step of your life. Place it back in His hands and keep moving forward, as He works it all out for your good.
Jesus loves you!