As you know, I love when God speaks to me through one of my grandchildren. It is always very blunt and to-the-point. Never sugar-coated. I was recently reminded of such an encounter.
My grandkids had spent the night with me. We had a fun afternoon together, but then it was bedtime. Brailee, my granddaughter, has this cute thing she does, probably because she doesn’t want to go to bed. She will come in my room at least three times and kiss me on both cheeks and at the top of my head, then hug me and say, “I love you Nana! Goodnight.”
However, that night was different.
After putting the kids to bed, I laid down fully prepared for Brailee to begin her trips to my room. She did not disappoint. The difference was just before her first trip into my room, I was talking to God.
I was reminding Him of one thing very personal to me. One that I had stood in faith and prayed about for years. I had just finished talking to God about this when Brailee ran into my room.
As always, she kissed me on each cheek, then on my forehead, then she hugged me and said, “Goodnight Nana! I love you!”
I said, “I love you too, baby.” She started to run back out of my door and into her room when suddenly she stopped and spun around.
She said, “Nana, do not give up on ANY thing, not one thing.”
I sat up in bed and asked, “Brailee, why did you say that?”
She replied, “I don’t know.” And then she jumped up on my bed. She took her little hands and put them out in front of her as if she was pushing something. She said, “You may have to push really hard.” Then she positioned her little hands like she was pulling on something and said, “Or you may have to pull really hard.”
As she jumped down off my bed, she exclaimed, “No matter what you have to do Nana, push really hard or pull really hard, do not give up on ANY thing, okay?”
Although she didn’t come back into my room that night, the impression she left was undeniable.
I am reminded of the words spoken over Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:19. The Word of God teaches us that not one of his words fell to the ground. All came to pass. Everything God had spoken to him manifested.
Then there is the book of Habakkuk 2:2-3 which says: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” One translation of the word “perish” in the original Hebrew could also be written as “let go.” So, you could reword the verse, “Where there is no vision the people let go.”
We cannot let go. We must stand firm in the faith and continue to stand against all odds.
Romans 4:16-19 in the NKJV says, “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nations’) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.”
Abraham believed when there was no reason to believe. He believed when natural circumstances shouted it was impossible for it to happen. Even then, he continued to hope. That is exactly what we must do as well. Hope when there is no visible reason to hope. We continue in faith, even when it is against all odds and impossible.
It is then that we must remember that the same God who calls those things that be not as though they were, is OUR God and if He has said it, He will bring it to pass. There is no other option if we do as Brailee said and refuse to let go of ANY promise we have been made.
We must keep our heart right, our words right and continue trusting God. We serve a good and a faithful God, who will do exactly what He said He would do – you can count on it! He will not fail you. Do not let go of anything the Lord has promised you. Do not let go! It doesn’t matter how hard you must push or pull, refuse to let go. Instead stand and see the manifestation of the Lord.
Meditate on this:
But as for you, be strong; don’t be discouraged, for your work has a reward. 2 Chronicles 15:7