January 26, 2020 by Kgalalelo
“For I, the Lord, affirm that the time will come when I will reverse the plight of my people, Israel and Judah,' says the Lord. 'I will bring them back to the land I gave their ancestors and they will take possession of it once again.'" (Jeremiah 30:3)
Life can be hectic sometimes. There are times when things are thrown into disarray that you can’t determine what exactly happened. It shows us that we don’t have control over life because it belongs to God. We think that we can regulate certain things through our planning but scripture says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
I recently lost a cousin that we buried last week Saturday and it has been a difficult period for the family. She fell sick sometime in November last year and has been in and out of hospital ever since and in the first week of January, she went to be with the Lord. She was in her early thirties and probably had plans of her own for 2020 but won’t get to fulfill them.
Death is one episode in life that we can’t control no matter how good we are and though we are believers and pray for our loved ones when they are sick, God has the final say when it is time. His timing is not known to any of us, however, there are numerous times when people have prayed and God spared their lives. The Bible have akin stories and Hezekiah was such a man when we read the account in Isaiah 38.
He fell ill and Prophet Isaiah gave him the message from the Lord that he should put his things in order as he was going to die. We read that he faced the wall probably in anguish and began praying, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life” (Isaiah 38:3-5).
God gave Hezekiah a few more years to live. He restored his health. Hezekiah had taken it upon himself to plead with the Lord for his own life and God granted it despite what the prophet of the Lord had foretold. He negotiated himself out of death and this proves that God can reverse things including death or the progression of illness no matter what stage it is at.
I know of someone who had lymphoma cancer and was supposed to have died years ago but she is still alive and super healthy to this day because God reversed the cancer. She has found purpose for her life and encourages people all around the world with her story every day.
Despite the pain that we feel as a family, God is good. This is not denying that many who have prayed and were prayed for died nevertheless. My very own mother went to be with the Lord five years ago despite our continued prayers when she was taken ill. We are encouraged, even so, to pray for our loved ones and for ourselves as James 5:4-6 says,
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”.
Lazarus in John 11 was dead and buried when Jesus woke him up from his sleep, for Jesus had told his sisters, Martha and Mary that his sickness would not end in death (John 11:4). When he was told that Lazarus had indeed died, He only went to his tomb four days after the burial and raised him from the dead. He says to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.
The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26). Jesus returned Lazarus to his family, He reversed death and gave Lazarus more time to live.
If God can reverse something as fierce and final as death, what more can He do for us when we believe and trust in Him. This should serve as an example and a source of strength that the law suit, the final decision, the exam results, the skin condition, your hair loss, the huge debt, the heartache etc. are all reversible through God. In Matthew 19:26, Jesus says, “with God all things are possible.”
We’ve heard this scripture before but few of us understand or apply it when faced with circumstances. We forget that God has a solution and knows how to resolve and reverse your situation. He can wipe the slate clean that you may start all over again. He can give you another chance to make right even if people think that all is lost or nothing can be restored.
When we get into the heart of scripture and truly grasp and position it into our situation, then we got it and that’s when miracles begin to happen. In that moment, our hope becomes a knowing that indeed God will come through for us and when that happens, you receive what you have asked God for.
James 1:6-8 says, “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do”.
Keep on believing God even if you don’t see what you ask for now because God can reverse anything. He is merciful and kind and His demonstrations are beyond comprehension with the human mind. You only have to see things with the eyes of the spirit that you may truly understand.
Speak the words Elisha spoke to his servant when warriors were sent to capture him in Dothan and the place was surrounded by chariots all around. Scripture says that his servant was afraid at the sight of chariots and horses surrounding the city and Prophet Elisha, who had been calm, said, “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:16-17).
Your human condition is nothing to God, though it is magnified in your eyes. Look back at the goodness of the Lord in your life and be enthused that whatever He did for you in the past, He can do it again and even greater things than what He did before. We haven’t seen the glory of God yet, only a fraction of it and when things begin to cave in on us, we should cry unto the Lord.
God is amazing, you might run short of inspiration in your daily life or the lives of others around you, however, He gives us His innumerable illustrations in the Bible as the source of encouragement. He has breathed into scripture that every time we read, hear and eat His Word, strength may arise in us that we may not grow weary. Even when things don’t seem like they will improve, God can devise a plan.
He proved His goodness to David when Saul was closing in on him in the Desert of Maon, according to 1 Samuel 23. Saul wanted to kill David and just as he was about to capture him, Saul received an urgent message that the Philistines were raiding the land and as a result, he broke off the chase against David to meet up with the Philistines instead.
God had reversed the potential capture and subsequent killing of David and if He could save David in a situation that tense, what more can He do for all His children. He won’t tell you how He will do it, but He will in a splendid way you’d never expect. Deuteronomy 30:3 says, “the Lord your God will reverse your captivity and have pity on you. He will turn and gather you from all the peoples among whom he has scattered you”.
“Yet in days to come I will reverse Moab's ill fortune." says the Lord. The judgment against Moab ends here”. Jeremiah 48:47
“Yet in days to come I will reverse Ammon's ill fortune." says the Lord”. Jeremiah 49:6
"Yet in days to come I will reverse Elam's ill fortune." says the Lord”. Jeremiah 49:39
Yet in days to come I will reverse ------------‘s ill fortune, says the Lord. (Insert your name). The judgement against you, ends here.
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