“IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY.”
Five words can change your life. They can definitely sway you in the direction toward faith in the midst of a big storm, and they can feel like a life-size umbrella during a torrential down-pour of unfortunate events. You know what I’m talking about. Think back to the last struggle you had. Maybe you are in the midst of a huge struggle, and you feel like the word ‘struggle’ just doesn’t do your suffering or the suffering of your loved one justice in its description.
Now, consider the people who commented or who are commenting on your struggle. There are people who will tell you that ‘the men are like giants in the new land and you are the size of grasshopper’ much like the story in Numbers:
Nu 13:27They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit.
Nu 13:28But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.
Nu 13:29The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”
Nu 13:30Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
Nu 13:31But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”
Nu 13:32And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.
Nu 13:33We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Now think back to the same situation, and ask the Lord to bring to your mind a face of someone who spoke to you in faith. The people who are in our lives like modern day Calebs, who tell us that we can surely do it (with God and God alone, of course), these are the ones who stand out like heroes to our hearts, aren’t they?!
Essentially, the ones who speak in faith, who stand in the gap with us and for us, who offer to pray beyond any shadow of any doubt, until the doubt flees as far as the east is from the west, these are the people that God uses to transform us and the circumstances around us.
Jesus is the ultimate example of someone who always taught that it was going to be okay because it was all well with Him then, and it remains all okay with Him today!
I spilled a cup of coffee into my laptop three days before a huge research paper was due, and you know what God said to me?
“I don’t have crises, and I don’t expect you to have them either.”
Rather than cry, I nearly laughed aloud! His words really made me reconsider my response. Essentially, the Holy Spirit was speaking loudly to my heart, but it seemed as if He was looking me straight in the eyes in the midst of my dilemma saying, “It’s going to be okay.”
Let us remember that all is well, and let us be of those with the feet that bring good news.
Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
Ro 10:12For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
Ro 10:13for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Ro 10:14How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
Ro 10:15And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Do you need to hear, “It’s going to be okay”? Do you know someone who needs to hear, “It’s going to be okay”?
Kristina Seymour loves to encourage and equip women through the Word and through community. She is the author of The Warrior Mom Handbook, The Warrior Mom Leadership Manual, and The Warrior Wife Handbook; they are available at Amazon.com. Kristina's Bible studies are for women who desire to live by faith in the midst of their everyday lives. She has learned that women can't survive on caffeine and animal crackers alone; women in the Word and in community are united and able to stand firm. To learn more about Kristina, please visit her website, https://kristinaseymour.com/. God loves to share His story of love and grace through us all, and Kristina believes that everyone has a story to tell.
Originally published Tuesday, 10 April 2018.