WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
JANUARY 22, 2022
TOPIC: IF ALL IS WELL, WHY AM I LIKE THIS?
BY T. O. BANSO
“But the children struggled together within her; and she said, ‘If all is well, why am I like this?’” (Genesis 25:22 New King James Version)
In some societies nowadays, both Christians and non-Christians say, “It is well.” But “It is well” means different things to different people. Some say it to express their faith in God that He is in control, even when things may seem to be out of control. Others make this statement because they don’t know what to say!
Sometimes when people are going through trials or difficult times and you tell them in faith, “It is well,” it takes faith for them to say “Amen.” The natural reaction is to doubt if, indeed, it is well. How can it be well when someone has been trusting God for one thing or the other for so long? How can it be well when someone’s condition has refused to change despite all spiritual and physical efforts? Questions like these go on in people’s minds.
In Genesis 25, Rebekah had been barren for years and after Isaac, the husband, had cried to the LORD, He answered him, and the wife became pregnant. But soon, what was supposed to be a thing of joy, after a long wait, turned out to be a source of discomfort and pain.
Genesis 25:22 says, “But the children struggled together within her; and she said, ‘If all is well, why am I like this?’” (New King James Version). Instead of rejoicing over the long-awaited pregnancy, she was complaining because of the negative feeling she was having. She wasn’t enjoying the pregnancy at all.
She said, “If it is thus, why do I live?” (Verse 22 Revised Standard Version). The World English Bible says, “If it be so, why do I live?” In other words, she preferred death to the discomfort of the pregnancy. You won’t die with that pregnancy in Jesus’ name. You won’t die in your negative condition. No matter your current travail, you won’t die without fulfilling your destiny.
Thank God that Rebekah went to enquire of the LORD. She wanted to know why, even though all was supposed to be well, all didn’t appear to be well. The LORD answered her that two nations were in her womb; one nation would be stronger than the other, and the older would serve the younger.
Rebekah wanted just the pregnancy of a baby but God gave her two nations! That was the reason for the struggle she was experiencing in her womb. Therefore, there was no reason for her to give up living! All was still well even when it seemed all wasn’t well.
There’s a great destiny you’re carrying, a great destiny you must give birth to. The ‘pregnancy’ may cause you some pain and even the delivery may not be enjoyable, but in the end, it shall be well. Therefore, avoid negative speaking or evil-speaking – saying what God hasn’t said or isn’t saying. All may seem to be out of control but God is still in control.
In 2 Kings 4:25-27, the Shunammite woman was asked if it was well with her and her husband and the child. She responded that it was well, even though the devil had not long before then killed her only child, which was why she had run to the prophet Elisha. She refused to believe that she had lost the child; she believed a miracle was still possible – for with God nothing shall be impossible (Luke 1:37). And with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
Because of this woman’s faith in God and the ministry of the man of God, Elisha, her son was restored to life. Indeed all was well as she had confessed. Align your words with the Word of God, not with your negative circumstances. Let God be true and let every contrary circumstance be a liar!
Don’t let the devil change your faith confession because of the negative feelings you’re having. As Paul said, all things shall work together for your good. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 New King James Version).
Mark 11:23b says if you believe that those things you say will be done, you’ll have whatever you say. The writer of Hebrews says you should not cast away your confidence, which has great reward (Hebrews 10:35). Evidently, He is not talking about self-confidence but God-confidence. “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!” (Hebrews 10:35 New Living Translation).
Are you asking that if all is well why are you in the negative condition you are? God, not the devil, is in control of your life. His will shall be done. Never doubt that all is well because all is well even if it doesn’t seem so. God will turn around whatever does not seem to be well now. Very soon, you will have what you’re saying. All shall be well In Jesus’ name.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, I believe it is well even if it doesn’t seem so. All shall be well with me in Jesus’ name. Father, according to Your Word, all things shall work together for my good because I love you and I am called according to Your purpose. Father, change the negative condition of everyone that is confessing by faith that all is well. Let all be well with them. Change their story and take all the glory.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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