As I sit on the patio on a beautiful sunny day and assess the world, I can’t help but realize how it is in so much turmoil and needs healing. We are experiencing tragedy after tragedy. Parents are stressed to make ends meet. Young people are finding themselves involved in adverse activities on a daily basis. And yet, the world turns as if nothing is occurring. It seems as if there is no hope for mankind. Where is the consideration of others? What happened to the unity in the communities? The Bible states in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Although this is from the Old Testament, it still applies to us today. God’s principle above all is to forgive and when He forgives us for repenting, it establishes an awesome relationship. Now, we are in position for restoration. However, it seems that many are not willing to turn from their immoral ways and therefore, we continue to go down a path that’s less desirable.
I recall the women who had an issue with blood for twelve long years. She had consumed everything she had on doctors. However, none of them could resolve her issue. One day she heard Jesus was passing by and as soon as she came up behind Him and barely touched his garment, her issue stopped! She was healed immediately!
Jesus told her because of her faith, she was now well. This is the type of faith we must exhibit, if we want to witness change for the better. Regardless, how a situation may appear, it may look bad but it’s not hopeless. “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips” (Psalms 89:34).
I know there may be times when individuals may feel that they are all alone. They may feel that no one cares, and at times, they feel like giving up due to the challenges they are faced with and all the chaos that surrounds them. I’m here to tell you today that God is yet in control. You are His child and He cares about you tremendously. “For the LORD thy God is a merciful God; he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” (Deuteronomy 4:31). God has promised to be faithful to His people. This is His commitment to us. In return, all we have to do, is remain faithful and continue to seek God and His righteousness. God is completely reliable. He won’t fail us like man. We can trust Him. Psalms 37:3-5 says, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” David calls us to take delight in the Lord and to commit everything we have and do to Him. This means entrusting everything such as our lives, families, jobs, and possessions. God knows what is best for His children.
My brothers and sisters continue to believe and don’t allow the enemy to steal your joy. I don’t care how things may appear right now; remember God is yet in control. He’s faithful to us even when we fall short. In the book of 2 Timothy, it tells us how Christ is faithful even when we are faithless and how He cannot disown Himself. He stands by His Word. “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee” (Isaiah 54:10).
It may look bad but it’s not hopeless. We must continue to stand firmly and remember we walk by faith, not by sight.
Minister Frederick D. Dawson is a graduate of Bishop State Community College, where he received an associate degree in Business Administration. He earned two bachelor degrees (Organizational Management/Christian Leadership & Ministry) from the University of Mobile. Currently, he is working towards a master degree in Biblical & Theological Studies. Dawson dedicated one-year writing inspirational daily devotionals for the Outreach Ministries for You (OMFY) and recently launched his own inspirational website (DawsonMinistries.Com) on January 15, 2019. His prayer is that Dawson Ministries illuminate truth as we journey down the path of life.