It’s Gonna Be All Right (Part I)
It’s Gonna Be All Right (Part I)
1 Peter 5:10
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
1 Peter 1:6-9
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
Suffering, or “going through”—it happens to everybody!!! When I was growing up, I remember hearing various pastors quoting the saying, “In life, you are either doing one of three things: coming out of a storm, going through a storm, or approaching a storm.”
Recently, I myself was experiencing one of those “storms”; I remember looking out my window at home, and thinking (at first), “OK, Lord, WHEN is this particular storm season going to be over? I’ve prayed, I’ve stood, I’ve waited.” Then, in the midst of correcting myself—because God has everything under control (even when we, who don’t have and see the whole blueprint of what’s going on, do not believe that He does), I felt as if the Holy Spirit said to me, “You know what? It’s all “gonna be all right”!
We have to rest on our faith—the hope that everything is going to be all right—no matter how things may look, how things may appear, how circumstances may seem, how we may want situations to be one way, and they are manifesting themselves in another way for the time being (or maybe the way that they are supposed to be; it depends on if you are on the right side of what God wants you to do or not)—it does not matter, everything is going to be all right—and sometimes, our faith is all that we have to stand on. But, for God, that’s enough!
Okay, this faith that that we are talking about; this faith that we speak of—what is it composed of; why do we believe what we believe—what reasons do we have for believing that it’s “gonna be all right”? I am believing that the Lord has laid upon my heart THREE particular reasons as to why—we will be covering those reasons in the posts to follow in a three-part “series” under the same name: “It’s Gonna Be All Right”! On to Part I!
It’s “gonna be alright” because: 1) The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; 2) His mercies are new every morning, and; 3) He has done it before—He will do it again; He can do anything but fail! Let’s talk about reason number one: The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof!
1) The Earth Is The Lord’s, And The Fullness Thereof
The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it,
The world, and those who dwell in it.
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the streams and the rivers.
Everything is under His control—not Satan’s. Satan is the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2)–not the King (certainly not if he has to ask permission from God to move in our lives or to do anything (Job 1: 8-12). Because he has power of the air—he can make matters seem one way, when they are actually another way! Sound waves, air waves, radio waves, and light waves all affect the way we hear, feel, taste, smell, touch, and see things. But, if you are following the Lord, everything is going to be all right, because He lets us know through prayer/discernment what to do and what not to do, which way to go and which way NOT to go, where to be, and where NOT to be. And, if we are not certain as to how to discern the Lord’s voice, or how to know which direction to go in, prayer, meditation, and Bible study—both in church and outside of church—will help us in that area (Not to mention that we may get the opportunity to fellowship with other believers who may pray for us and with us, and may also be going through some of the same issues that we may be dealing with, and our testimonies may actually help one another!
Next post, we will be talking about Reason #2: His mercies are new every morning!
God bless you, everyone—see you next post! 🙂
Submitted by: Shonda R. Greene, M.Ed.. MTS 🙂
Parts II and III of this article may be found under LookUp Radio’s Daily Devotional page. Rev. Greene is founder and pastor of I Am The Vine Ministries, Inc., and is radio hostess of “The Empowering Moment”, featured on LookUp Radio.com. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.