“He will never change. It is too late!” “ She has always been that way. I don’t think anything will ever change her.” Too often, we give up on people that we care about deeply. We want to see change come into their life. Their struggle is real, and could be the result of a number of causes. However, at some point, we look at their lives and hopelessness fills our heart for them. We can only see how things look in the natural.
“I might as well give up. It is hopeless!” Often that same attitude permeates our own hearts toward our self. We see our shortcomings and failures and quickly give up. How often have you looked at yourself in a mirror and questioned “Why?” Why do I do these things? I hate how I act. I despise my attitude. I am so stupid and dumb.”
Yet, there was a saying many years ago and it is still true today. God doesn’t make mistakes. You are not here by accident and neither is you loved ones or friends. The Lord knew even before the foundation of the world of your birth. He saw your life down through the ages and planned for you. Is your life perfect? NO! No one’s life is perfect. We live in a fallen world. We make wrong decisions and choose to walk down paths that are not of the Lord’s choosing. However, that does not change the truth that we are unique and the Lord has a plan for your life.
One of the most wonderful gifts we have as humans is free choice. We are free to choose our paths and our own decisions. We can’t change our height, facial appearance or even shoe size. We can’t change who our parents were. We can’t change what we were taught or not taught. We can’t change what our parents believed or what they even wanted us to believe. But, as adults, we can decide where we go from here.
Take the child of an alcoholic or a drug abuser. Society wants us to believe that their offspring will be like them, that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. However, that is just a lie from the enemy. With the help of the Lord, we can rise above these past issues and become all the Lord desires of our life. We do not have to stay in the muck and mire of generational junk. The Word promises that when we call out to the Lord, He meets our needs and changes us. We become a new creature in Christ.
The Lord will never give up on you. Your spouse may walk away. Your child may turn their back on you. Parents may disown you. Siblings may shut the door in your face. Friends may ignore you. Others may shun you especially when you are at your worse. However, rest in this. The Lord will never turn His back on you. You are His child. His love is never ending. He promises never to leave you. EVER!
He can take the worst of times and use them for His glory. Joseph sold into slavery, spent years in prison, and yet saw the Lord turned his life around. Yet the man who spent years away from his family and loved ones was in a position to save not only the people in his new country but his entire family. Through the power of the Lord, Joseph had prepared the entire nation for severe drought. Moses, known as a murderer, yet God turned his life around at the burning bush. David was known as a rebel, but the Lord raised him up as a king.
No one is outside the reach of the Lord; not a single man, woman or child. No one is to dumb, too stupid, or too far-gone. Look at Hezekiah’s son Manasseh, king of Judah. Scripture states that he was a vile king, one of the most evil kings known. He built altars to foreign gods, caused his sons to walk through fire. He dealt in witchcraft, mediums (people who ‘talked’ to the dead), fortune telling, and all manners of evil. Yet the day came when he called out to the Lord. 2 Chronicles 33:12-13 Now when he was in affliction, he implored the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.
He knew that the Lord was God. He lived his whole life chasing after the things of the world and yet the Lord still showed mercy when he humbled himself before the Lord. To those around him, they probably felt it was too late, that he would never change. Yet, in the eyes of the Lord, as long as there was breath, there was hope. That truth stands today. It is not too late to turn, humble yourself before the Living God.
Hope – just four little letters but such a powerful word. Hope, putting our trust and confidence in the Lord we serve. Hope, walking in the security of knowing the Lord we serve is always with us. Hope is something that we carry within our heart. Hope something that no one can take from us. Yes, hope in the Lord as never before; for yourself, your loved ones and your friends. Hang onto to it.
H – Holding
O – on to the
P – Promises of the
E – Eternal God.