Jan 13, 2012
Yesterday as I drove to an appointment I felt discouraged.
I had woken up feeling low. I spent time in the Word and prayer — which was helpful.
But as I drove, I thought about some problems and disappointments — and the discouragement came back.
You know how discouragement is — it colors everything.
My life looked dismal. I felt like a failure. My future was bleak.
You get the picture.
Trusty 3×5 cards
But as I was driving, I pulled out the trusty 3×5 cards I use for Bible memory.
The next two cards covered Ephesians 1:3-14, which I’d already memorized. So I started reviewing.
I did not have much faith — but I did pray and ask God to meet me, strengthen me, encourage me.
I was quoting the verses to myself one at a time. But then I got to verse 11 —
In him we have obtained an inheritance …
For some reason that word “inheritance” made me stop.
I have an inheritance. I’m going to see God. Face to face. Forever.
All of a sudden I FELT IT.
I was like an unemployed person — stressed about finances — suddenly remembering he had $10 billion dollars in the bank.
Before — my discouragement so clouded my thinking that all I saw were problems.
Now — the inheritance broke through that discouragement like sun breaking through fog.
The certain joy of seeing God changed everything.
The problems and disappointments did not go away. But they were no longer the only thing I saw.
Now I saw the inheritance — my certain destiny of seeing God forever. And that gave me joy, peace, and strength.
The Father opened my eyes to one word — inheritance — and my discouragement vanished.
What a mercy.
- No matter how strong they are, feelings do not necessarily reflect reality (Psa 42:5).
- No matter how little I feel it, God’s Word always reflects reality (Isa 40:8).
- No matter how discouraged I am, God can transform my soul through His Word (Psa 19:7).
- This is a perfect illustration of how, when we hear God’s Word with (even a little) faith, God provides the Spirit and works miracles (Gal 3:5).
What are some ways God’s Word has revived your soul? What questions does my experience raise? Feel free to leave a reply below.
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