In HIS Presence


Read: ROMANS 8:18-39

Meditation verse:

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18)

I experienced a season of intense internal struggles some time ago. I was struggling with anxiety, uncertainty, regrets, and fear, which seemed to persist even after praying. As I sat down to study my bible one morning, I came across a write-up in Bishop T.D Jakes’ “woman thou art loosed bible that said, “if you are going to bring forth anything in your career, marriage or life, if you are going to develop anything in your character, if you are going to be fruitful, it will come through the things you suffer. You will enter strength through sorrow”.

Instantly, it dawned on me that I needed to change my perspective about what I was going through. I needed to view the internal turmoil as part of a birthing process. The pain from this toiling was needed to push forth God’s purpose for my life in that season. Greatness can hardly be found in our comfort zones, only mediocrity resides there. There was a seed of greatness that needed to be brough forth in that season and if all was settled, I would have no desire to strive to bring forth.

Most processes of development that result in change from one form to another are difficult and uncomfortable. The purification of gold, the emergence of pearls from oysters, the emergence of a butterfly from a larva and the birth of a baby from a pregnancy are not easy processes. See how the larva struggles to get out. See how the stomach of a pregnant woman stretches and enlarges as her baby grows inside her. She passes through so much discomfort until her baby is born. Even the process of birth is painful. Change is a difficult process. Enlargement is uncomfortable and sometimes painful.

When you pray for God to bless you and enlarge your coast, why do you assume that the process or the journey would be easy? Why do you assume that it will happen instantly? The purification of gold takes some time, full term pregnancy takes nine months. God is working behind the scenes of your life to perfect that which concerns you. He has information which you do not have. It is all part of the process, and it is working out for your good.

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye.
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest."

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:
Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

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