2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (AMP)
For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!], since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.
Light, momentary affliction and slight distress don’t feel so “light” and “slight” in that moment. The pressures of life weigh down on us daily as the world and all of life’s stresses relentlessly pursue our heart and mind. Though successful in casting one care on the Lord, there are a hundred more to take its place. The urgency of this world is it impending doom. There is nothing that can be done to escape the end of this world, it is coming. In fact, we do not know the day or the hour when Jesus Christ will return to claim His Bride and end satan’s reign of terror on the earth. We do not have to live in desperation as other’s do because we have a confident hope that we have a home with our Father in Eternity. But most believers live in stress, worry and fear every single day imprisoned by doubt that will not allow them to feel the relief that comes from hope. The things of this world are temporal not terminal. As a believer, this is not the final stop or destination for our soul. The things that are “invisible” are comprised of hope because though we must endure the trials and troubles of this life, we are eternal people who are deathless and everlasting. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by examining each moment for the Goodness and Grace of God rather than racing to the next one just to find a way out.
We have been battling cancer with our son for almost three years now. It has been a long journey with many ups and downs. There have been good days and those that I would like to forget. Without our faith in God, we would not have made it this far. Without confident hope, there is no way that I could face the uncertainty placed on tomorrow by this world. Soon, he will be admitted to the hospital to engage in a war against that which invades his body. There are more risks than I can count as a result of this procedure but it is the one procedure that offers the most natural hope. As we have walked along this long path, we have been able to do so with peace, joy and laughter even when the unthinkable happens. Our son has been diagnosed with cancer five times. Statistically the odds are not good. So how does one find hope when the world has none to offer? How do we move from moment to moment when we cannot breath as the darkness closes in? What will happen today when he gets blood work? In two weeks, when he has chemo again? Or in a month or so when he finally goes to transplant? It is overwhelming to try to see ahead of this very moment and not be overcome by fear. But God didn’t script our life year by year, month by month, week by week or even day by day. He wrote our life moment by moment.
Psalm 139:13-18 (NLT)
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
Every moment of my life has been laid out before a single day has passed. God has a plan for my life. (Jeremiah 29:11) It contains a future and hope that has been written to include these two factors. But if I race through the moments just trying to make it through the day rather than living life moment by moment, I am at risk to miss the miraculous life that God prepared for me that faith in Jesus Christ allows for me to have. There are blessings, promises, peace, joy and favor for me in each moment. Doubt will keep you from seeing such things with eyes glazed over by fear. But by faith, we believe that God is always working every detail of our life for good. (Romans 8:28) We must decide to live in each moment as not to miss His Goodness and Grace hidden there. It has been a very grueling challenge to remain faith-full and not become discouraged with our son’s plight, but in each moment whether in the clinic, infusion room or hospital bed – God has been with us. We have made friends. We have found faith there. We have experienced His Favor in the most unlikely of places. Our lives have been reshaped and molded to live in the moment and not the light and momentary afflictions that we face.
Matthew 6:31-33 (NLT)
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Worry kills the moments of our life. It cannot add a single moment to it but instead takes valuable and precious seconds from it. Time spent on worry is wasted. (Matthew 6:25-27)It would only seem logical that if the Lord went to all the trouble to write out our life moment to moment that He would provide everything that we need to successfully carry out His Plans. Exactly! God has provided everything we need to fulfill His Plan and Purpose for our life. There not a single detail that is not covered by His Provision. His Grace is provided for all those times that we tried to do things our way and wandered from His Way. It is just enough to position us back in righteousness. When our son became ill, everything else took a backseat in my life except finding a cure. The Lord spoke to me early on that our son will live and not die. I have put my faith in God and His Word for my life. I have faith that Jesus Christ is the Healer and our son will benefit from his belief. The challenge is not believing that for a moment but every single moment that has comprised the last three years. Endurance is required to stretch our faith from a single second to Eternity. When we begin to seek the Kingdom of God above everything else, He gives us everything we need just as the Lord planned to do. But it is up to us if we will have faith in each moment.
Matthew 27:50-54 (NLT)
Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people. The Roman officer[a] and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”
The words that Jesus shouted were “It is finished!” Sins hold on the moments of our life was over. The curtain that separated us from the Presence of God was ripped from top to bottom. We now had access to right standing with God the Father by His Grace. The keys to the Kingdom of God were now handed back to us. We are given everything we need to live like on and daughters of the Living God. It all happened in that moment. The grave could no longer hold God’s People back because the penalty of sin paid in full. But something else happened in that moment, Jesus released His Spirit. His Power would soon come to live in the heart of every person who called on the Name of Jesus Christ making Him their Savior and Lord. Our faith was empowered in that moment. Now when we believe, God’s Power comes to rest in us, work through us and change the moments of our life.
2 Kings 8:1-6 (NLT)
Elisha had told the woman whose son he had brought back to life, “Take your family and move to some other place, for the LORD has called for a famine on Israel that will last for seven years.” So the woman did as the man of God instructed. She took her family and settled in the land of the Philistines for seven years. After the famine ended she returned from the land of the Philistines, and she went to see the king about getting back her house and land. As she came in, the king was talking with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God. The king had just said, “Tell me some stories about the great things Elisha has done.” And Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land. “Look, my lord the king!” Gehazi exclaimed. “Here is the woman now, and this is her son—the very one Elisha brought back to life!” “Is this true?” the king asked her. And she told him the story. So he directed one of his officials to see that everything she had lost was restored to her, including the value of any crops that had been harvested during her absence.
When I read this passage today, I am overcome by God’s Wonderful Grace and Goodness. The woman in this passage experienced the heartbreak of losing her son, only to have the prophet restore him to life by the Power of God. Now as a mom, I will attest that the healing power of God through Jesus Christ extended to my son is more than enough to satisfy my soul. But wait there is more, Elisha warned the woman to leave her home because there was a famine coming to Israel. So the woman did just that in obedience to God. When the famine needed, her home had been taken over by other after she left. Now the king was talking with Elisha’s servant, Gehazi asking him to share the miraculous things that the prophet was doing. So as he was sharing the story of when the boy was brought to life, at that moment the mother and son arrived at the king’s court to request the return of her property. What happened? Not only did the king give her back her home and land, but even compensated her for the value of her abandoned crops. Things she had left behind to follow the Word of the Lord, God redeemed everything by the Word of her testimony. God will make good on every detail of our life if by faith we live moment to moment. Obedience leads us from glory to glory as God’s Plan unfolds and we find that He has left nothing on and compensates us as He redeems us along the way.
Matthew 9:20-22 (NLT)
Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
Everyone is on a different journey in life and though some will instantly attain faith for others it may take some time. God’s Grace and Mercy affords us such time. However, it does not exempt us from the pain of separation from the Living God. What does this mean? The woman suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She suffered so there was pain and discomfort associated with her female condition. But when she decided to put her faith in Jesus Christ and do something about it (if I can just touch his robe), the woman was healed at that moment. Friend, don’t let it be the absence of faith in Jesus Christ that keeps you from your miracle. Do not suffer unnecessarily for longer than you have to. Jesus Christ has placed His Spirit inside of you. If you call on His Name, anything you ask for according to His Word will be done. Healing is God’s Will for your life because it is found in His Word. “By His Stripes you are healed.” Deliverance is God’s Will for your life. “He came to set the captive free.” Faith is empowered by the Word of God. Find it in His Word and you can have it. Confident hope in the unseen is fortified by faith that is credible. Credible faith is found in the moments we spend getting to know God, finding His Will and doing what He says. This builds our confidence as we begin to see it all come to pass simply because we believed enough to give Him that moment.
Esther 4:13-14 (NLT)
Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
The story of Esther is not exactly a fairytale in the making. She was not brought into the palace to be his wife. She was prepared to be a vessel used and discarded by the king. However, in the midst of her situation – she found favor with the king. The king would marry Esther. Esther was a Jew. She was a Child of God. However, in the midst of her captivity a plot arose to kill the Jews so Mordecai sent word to Esther. She did not know what she could do from her position. However, Esther’s favor with the king allowed her access to his presence. As Mordecai told Esther, the Lord is speaking to us. “Who know if perhaps you were made for such a time as this?” If God is using each moment for our good, then it is entirely possible the light and momentary trials and troubles you are facing even the traumas could be positioning you for a greater purpose than you ever realized. God will use you to be a light to the world or a city on the hill as you endure the stresses and worries of life seeking first and foremost the Kingdom of God. What am I saying? It is worth it to secure each moment by faith. It is worth it to count it all joy. It is worth it. Samson found strength under attack when the Spirit of the Lord came upon him and he killed the lion. (Judges 14:5-6) The Lord went ahead of David to meet him at the place of sacrifice to end the plaque on His People. (2 Samuel 24:15-21) The moment Daniel prayed and confessed the sins of the people, God sent forth a command to send an angel to him. (Daniel 9:20-23) The moment King Jehoshaphat and the people began to praise God, the enemy was defeated. They did not even have to fight a single battle. (2 Chronicles 20:15-24) You have the Power of God in you to change the outcome of every second of your life if you choose to live in that moment by faith in God. By faith, we believe in the Word, Will and Way of God so that we do not doubt, worry and stress over every little thing or look too far ahead of the very moment that we are in. This is to live what we believe making it possible for everything to change in that moment!
Matthew 6:28-30 (NLT)
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”
Mark 9:23-24 (NLT)
“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
I Corinthians 15:51-58 (NLT)
But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.