Hello everyone! I truly hope that your day is going well! As we begin our time together today, let me ask you a question… "Are you experiencing moments of great loss?" Maybe you have lost your job…or maybe you have lost someone close to you…or maybe you have lost your health, to pain or other illnesses. No matter what it is…moments such as these can be very hard to deal with and they can even make us wonder what God is up to.
I will never forget the moments of great loss within my own life. When I was a young girl, I loved riding my bike…playing tennis or even ice skating in the winter; but then a time came when I lost every bit of it. After experiencing many knee dislocations, the doctor would ask me…Diane, what were you doing at the time, when your knee dislocated…and I would tell him. From there, he would look at me with saddened eyes and say, I'm sorry Diane, but you won't be able to do that anymore. For a young girl, it became hard to sit on the sidelines of life and watch others enjoy their life, while I was being restricted from doing the things I loved so much. Even as I grew into a young woman, I came to see that I wouldn't be able to have children…and I've also witnessed a slow decline in the way I walk. It seems as if one loss has just led to another. For many years, I felt as if God was against me, for a reason that I just could not see.
Later, I came to see the reason for all the loss through a Bible verse in Philippians 3:8, which reads… "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ," I remember reading this Bible verse quite often as a teenager; but I never thought that I would come to live it. I'll tell you, it's not easy to go through life, watching loss after loss take place within your life, especially without a reason for it; but through time, I did come to see that God was removing my deepest desires, to make room for His will for my life. When I look back on these moments, I see that if I would have become too attached to everything I wanted so much within my life; then I would have probably bypassed everything that God had desired for me.
Maybe you have lost your job or are struggling to make it from month to month…or maybe you are experiencing other moments of great loss in your life. Maybe you just can't see why God is allowing these moments of loss to take place at this time. One thing I can tell you for sure; is that even though God may allow these moments of loss to become an empty void in your life; He does replace them with something else…something better and something that can connect you even more to Him…so never give up.
One thing that I have truly learned as a Christian, especially through some very hard and difficult times; is that my life is all about Him and what He desires for me. Yes, moments of loss can be very hard to accept at first; but once God begins to place His will within those empty voids of loss; that is when we begin to truly see what it's like to experience His very best in action…and it not only becomes an answered prayer; but it also brings us closer to God, in a way that we never thought we could have ever experienced.
Let me ask you a question as we close…"Is it your desire to win Christ within your life or is it your desire to enjoy something that will only fade away with time…and probably end up sidetracking you in life?" When I look back on those painful moments that I once experienced, I am so glad that I didn't try to push my way into God's plan for my life; because one thing I know…it would have never worked. Just because we experience moments of loss; that doesn't mean that God has abandoned us; but rather, it just means that He's at work…longing to fill the empty voids of disappointment with something greater…something that can truly help us to embrace His presence even more within our lives.
Today, I pray for those of you who are experiencing the loss of many things in your life right now…the one who feels as though God has let you down. Lord, I pray with all my heart that they will come to see what You have shown me over the years; that loss doesn't mean defeat but rather, loss becomes an opportunity to experience your very best. What love you show us through times such as these; that you would come to us and fill these empty voids within us…brought about by loss and great disappointment…Amen!!
Have a very blessed day…and I hope you will join me again tomorrow, for another great visit with God!
It's Always & Only Because of Him…
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