Thursday, January 13, 2011

God's Word is Not Void

Do you believe that God cannot lie? Do you believe that what He says is true?

So many times in the daily trials of life, we often forget that what God says He will do. We can go to Him with every trial, every fear, every need we may have. He will not turn us away. In fact, He longs to hear from us, for we are His children. There is nothing too great, that He cannot handle.

There are SO MANY promises in the Bible that we can claim. Isaiah 55:11 shows us that His word is not void (empty, without cause). "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isa 55:11 We can rely upon every word as truth. We can bank on it.

You may ask me how I know it's true? Let me share a little about my life and then maybe you will be convinced. Two years ago, I was injured at work. I damaged my back, and now I am no longer able to work. Since technically I am still "employed", I cannot receive unemployment. I do not get any pay from worker's compensation because I was injured working prn (as needed), even though I was working full-time to part-time hours. Last year I was diagnosed with a rare genetic neuromuscular disease called Myotonic Dystrophy. What that means is every muscle in my body is, and will get weaker and weaker as time goes on. I am in constant pain from my back injury and from muscle pain. Most people with my disease usually die of aspiration or sudden cardiac death. My doctor said I will never be able to work again. That in itself was a blow because I dearly love being a nurse. But that is not all. My husband works in medical sales. He is trained in fitting people for rehabilitational seating for power wheelchairs. Medicare has now passed a rule saying they will no longer purchase power chairs for clients. Instead, they will pay for a rental. What that means to us is that our income is now zero. Our financial trials are like a lot of other peoples' now days. We have nothing!

But, here is the good news! God has allowed us to live in our home even though it has been in foreclosure for over a year. Our electricity was going to be turned off because of lack of funds and that very day, my husband received an unexpected paycheck that allowed us to pay to keep it on. Our funds dropped down to $24.00 dollars (total). We had no idea what we were going to do. But we prayed and asked God to take care of us and claimed His promises. Then, we left it in His hands. We told no one of our financial difficulty. A couple of days later, some friends, who shall remain anonymous, came by our home and handed us an envelope. Inside was two hundred dollars! Some other friends stopped by and brought with them household items that were much needed. They were unaware that we were in need of the very things they brought. I could go on, but you get the picture, right?

I know what it is like to go through trials. But I'm here to tell you, that there is NOTHING TOO GREAT for God! He has promised to be with us and to take care of us. Does that mean that we will not go through trials? No. What it does mean however, is that He will walk with us through the trials. We may still lose our home, but we will trust God to place us where we need to be so that He can do the most good for us. I may never be able to work as a nurse again, but God has allowed me to "work" in other areas, assisting people through our church's community services program. This neuromuscular disease I have may take my life sooner than I would care to even think about, and it may not. But, I would like to think that if I should die, there would be people who would be saved because of my influence in their lives.  God knows best and no matter what the outcome, His way is ALWAYS THE BEST.

So the next time you are discouraged and the trials you are going through seem too great to bear, remember that God's word is not void. Claim His promises, BELIEVE HIS PROMISES, then stand back and watch the mighty hand of God at work!