WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL
OCTOBER 5 2020
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 really it is well. How can it be well when someone has been trusting God for one thing or the other for so long?
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 this is the way it’s going to be, why go on living” (verse 22 The Message). That means she didn’t mind dying! That was serious. You won’t die with that pregnancy in Jesus’ name. No matter your current travail, you won’t die without fulfilling your destiny.
Thank God Rebekah went to enquire of the LORD why 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 contemplate death! 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.
In 2 Kings 4:25-27, the Shunammite woman said it was well despite the fact that the devil had just killed her only child. 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 in 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! (Romans 3:4).
Don’t let the devil change your faith-confession because of the negative feelings you’re having. As Paul says in Romans 8:28, “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” (New King James Version).
Mark 11:23 says if you believe that those things you say will be done, you’ll have whatever you say. The writer of Hebrews says not to cast away your confidence, which has great reward (Hebrews 10:3). Evidently, He is not talking about self-confidence but God-confidence. “Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you!” (Hebrews 10:35 New Living Translation).
Never doubt that all is well because all is well even if it doesn’t seem so. 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 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.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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