Recently, I posted that I am starting a new project. I guess you could say its been a bit daunting. At the same time its been amazingly exciting. The Hebraic year 5782 began September 7, 2021. While inquiring of the Lord for 5782, He put two particular verses on my heart for the year 5782. They are Isaiah 43:19 and 1 Peter 5:10.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun!Isaiah 43:19 NLT
Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in
the dry wasteland.
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace,1 Peter 5:10 BSB
who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you,
strengthen you, and establish you.
During the course of 5782 we will see the Lord making a way for us. He will be bringing in a life source that carries refreshment and restoration. For those who are currently dealing with times of suffering, hang on, God has not forgotten you. He is making a way where there seems to be no way. This is a time to receive the strength and restoration of the Lord as He secures you in a new way. God is doing something new. It isn’t going to look like it has before.
I don’t know about you, but I find myself struggling to accept these words sometimes. When our real life circumstances are screaming defeat or some other ugly slur it can be a challenge to believe that things will ever be any different. My current situation doesn’t look like change is anywhere on the horizon. There are days when it is more than difficult to believe the words that speak of change. Believe me, I’m wrestling with my soul these days. All I want to do is call it quits. Some days it is easy to have a joyous outlook. Other days joy seems to have gone behind a cloud. On some days it seems all the positive affirmations and declarations in the world aren’t enough to shift off the dread or gloom. When life is hard, it’s hard.
There is one thing I do know. I know God is there even when we can’t feel Him, hear Him or have confidence that He is doing anything. I know that God is faithful and that He will never leave nor forsake me. Even on days when life feels yucky, God is there. He hasn’t changed. He is still the God of all comfort, (2 Cor. 1:3)
God is the God of all grace. He give the ability, the grace, and the strength to endure and get through every difficulty.
For the LORD is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
It can be nearly impossible to see the new thing God is doing when we are hurting, suffering or otherwise miserable. I pray that God give us eyes to see the new thing He is doing, the courage to embrace it and the ability to patiently hold on as God makes a way for us.