These Things I Know

These Things I Know

I’ve not written much lately, in part because I’ve not felt like I had much to share. This year has been good but also challenging, which has resulted in reflecting, soul searching, and crying out to God for wisdom to know what He is doing and what His will is for this season of my life. Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice but it can take me a while to hear sometimes. During these times of confusion, I find that it is helpful to hold fast to the things I know to be true. Even in the darkest valleys, these are things I consciously bring back to my mind which, in turn, brings at least a shred of hope. I feel like the blind man who said, “One thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.” I also know the following:

  1. No matter how it seems, God will not leave me nor forsake me.
  2. Everything happens for a reason. I may not know what that reason is but I must trust the Lord in it.
  3. God is a good God. His plans for me are good and not evil.
  4. The fact that I am still alive proves that God is not finished with me.
  5. God will give me the strength I need to do what He has called me to do. If I do not have that strength, it’s possible that I am doing what I want, not what He wants for me.

Sometimes reminding myself of even basic things like this helps. Most of these things apply to everyone but maybe there are things that you can add that God has shown you about your life. It’s important that you can look back and say, “I know that I was supposed to marry this person” or “I know God has me at this job for a reason” or maybe “I know God laid it on our heart and opened the door for us to adopt these children who are giving us a hard time.” There are times when we step out in our flesh and take burdens on ourselves that God never intended and yet we have to live with those decisions. However, if God leads you to move forward in a certain direction, hold on to His hand and don’t look back. When things get hard and you begin to question if you made the right decision, think back to what you knew in the beginning and rest in the fact that God doesn’t change. Sometimes callings can change but just because something is hard does not mean that God isn’t in it. We must learn to discern when God is redirecting us and when we need to press through.

In the Old Testament, God told the children of Israel over and over again, “Remember,” “Remember,” “Remember,” “Do not forget.” Today, we still need to consciously remember the things God has done. Praise Him for those things, even when you’re going through a valley. He has not changed. It’s just that we have to go through winter to get to spring.

If you are having a hard time seeing which way is up, I encourage you to write down the things you know. It may be as simple as “For God so loved the world [including me] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him would not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Whatever you know beyond a shadow of a doubt to be true, make a note of it and then wave it in the enemy’s face when he begins to cause you to doubt. After all, He who is in you is greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).

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Sony Elise

Sony has been an avid southern gospel fan since she first heard The Happy Goodman Family on a cassette in the mid-1980s. She is the co-founder of Family Renewal and the owner of Sony Elise Editing Services.

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