I’ve found myself in a new season. In fact, I feel that God is leading many of us into a new season – a season where we know in the depths of our soul who He is as our God, the All-Powerful One, the One who has overcome, and the One whose love drives out all our fear. It’s a season in which we’re confident in being His sons and contend for the full manifestation of every great and precious promise He has made to us, for we know He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:3). God is calling us higher – to live lives of faith, fixing our minds on things above, not on things of the earth (Col 3:2).
I see God raising us up as Davids. That we would look at the giants in front of us and say to them, “I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts … this day the LORD will deliver you into my hand … that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s and He will give you into our hand.” (1 Sam 17:45-47). To stand up to the giant when those around you are full of fear and doubt takes courage. And I believe it takes a process – a process where God shapes and molds us into these courageous lovers. And sometimes this process looks different than we thought. Let me explain more …
It was thrilling when God called me to Cambodia a little over one year ago. I felt great excitement in my spirit, and I was coming alive in a whole new way. You could say it felt “epic” and even grandiose in a way. But as days and weeks and months have passed, I have a different perspective than when I first started on this adventure. I have a broader perspective and I’ve seen more of the path I embarked on one year ago unfold. In the beginning of my journey, I don’t think I really pondered what form this epic adventure might take – what the day to day and “baby steps” might look like. I didn’t think much about the giants I might face, the seemingly small “yes’s” I would give, the somewhat mundane steps I would take, or the times I would need to be stretched to get stronger. But isn’t this what makes the journey and process so beautiful? And aren’t you so glad it looks different than you thought it would? For it’s far better!
God is our faithful and good shepherd (Ps 23). He knows the journey He’s leading us on, and we can trust Him at all times (Ps 62:8). I encourage you to look at the season God has you in – zoom out a bit with your perspective. See where you started, where you are now, and think about the amazing places He is leading you. Your journey and process might look different than you thought it would. Maybe it has hurt more and required more sacrifice that you imagined. But remember that God is with you. He says to you, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Is 41:10). Keep on the journey! God is leading you in victory and triumph in this season (2 Cor 2:14)! Every giant you face has been given into your hand. Stay strong in the Lord and the strength of His might (Eph 6:10). He’s doing something so glorious in you. Many Blessings!
Written by: Jacqueline Bixler
Published on: 7/24/18