Recently my husband and I drove down to Gulf Shores, Alabama for fall break. My dad and step mom live there and other family members were to arrive later. My favorite part of the trip was going to the beach; it didn’t matter if it was before dawn, the middle of the day or at sunset. There is something wonderful that happens inside me when I am standing there where the waves touch the shore. On our first night there the ocean was calm and it seemed to beckon me to come closer. I looked up in the sky and saw a billion stars all around. I opened my mouth to say out loud, “thank you,” but before I could get out the TH sound, I saw a shooting star; it took me by surprise because tears streamed down my face, one after the other. I was so overwhelmed with the presence of the Lord; the only words I could speak were words of humbled thanks. God is a good God.
I was reminded of our trip while speaking with the ladies in jail when we began to read Romans 8: 19-25. “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope.” Even the whole earth groans, waiting for God to say the word. Let’s not forget about hope, which means faith really, because in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he already has? It’s about restoring order in creation. Everywhere we look we see God in what He created. Look at the trees in fall, their colors so bright and alive. But in reality the trees are dying, and yet there is such beauty even in death, like the preciousness in the death of His saints. We have been crucified with Christ never the less, we live.
As I was reading this passage of scripture, it dawned on me that when Adam sinned, that’s when the animals started eating each other after all it was Adam’s sin that brought in death. Isaiah 65:25 tells us how it will be one day it says, “The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all my Holy Mountain, says the Lord.” And when the creation has been restored, it will be as God intended. What peace there will be in that day for all of creation.
There will be a light affliction, but hang on because the glory is being revealed in us; and it will surpass any suffering you may have right now. Jesus Christ is our hope. So, if you are feeling low and can’t seem to look up, remember your suffering and know in your heart there is joy in the morning. I know this because every morning I went to the beach to watch the sunrise; the sun came up, every time. It never let me down no matter what else was going on at the time; the sun came up. You can count on it, just like you can count on God.
Rhema Word came to share the Old Testament story of King Saul and how he turned on David. He began to be jealous of David and attempted to kill him on several occasions. Linda Parks shared how God sent an evil spirit to torment Saul. God didn’t do that to punish King Saul, He did it wanting him to turn back to him and he wants the same for us today. God will use what the devil means for harm and turn it around for our good. So if you are going through a really tough time right now, keep in mind that God is good… ALL THE TIME.
God is head over heels in love with you and He wants a personal, private, just you, relationship with Him, and He has gone to great lengths to make that happen. So don’t think I mean you have to be a good person to have relationship, it means Jesus finished the work, all we need to do is agree with Him (say yes) and then let Him do what He does inside us. He is restoring order.
Written by Tracey