Your Greater Is Coming
We all face setbacks in life, things we don’t understand. We may have lost a loved one, had a friend walk out of our relationship, or are dealing with an illness. When we go through loss and bad breaks, it’s easy to think that’s the way it’s always going to be. But our God is a God of restoration. He doesn’t stop every difficulty, and He doesn’t keep us from every challenge. But He promises He will pay us back for the wrongs. He will restore what’s been stolen. David says in Psalm 71, “You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but You will restore me to even greater honor.” The suffering is a setup. God allows the difficulty, not to make you miserable but to restore you to greater honor. He never brings you out the same. He makes the enemy pay for bringing the trouble.
When you’re in tough times, you need to remind yourself that it’s not how your story ends. The loneliness, the bad break, or the anxiety is not your destiny. Greater is coming—greater joy, greater strength, greater relationships. The setback in your finances, the contract you lost, or the unfair childhood didn’t stop your purpose. Greater opportunities are coming, greater favor is coming, greater influence is coming. The enemy brought the difficulty to set you back, but he didn’t realize it’s setting you up for God to show out in your life. He may have meant it for your harm, but God is turning it to your advantage.
It’s Just a Matter of Time
There are times in all our lives when we have things we’re believing will change. We might be fighting an illness, struggling with an addiction, or dealing with fear, anxiety, or depression. We know that God has promised that He would restore our health, that our children would serve the Lord, that we would be free from the fear. We prayed, we believed, but we don’t see anything improving. But what you can’t see is that the moment you prayed, the source of what was coming against you was cut off in the unseen realm—the source of the fear, the source of the addiction, the source of the sickness. You may not see any manifestation for some time. There may not be any evidence that anything has changed. This is when many people get discouraged.
There will always be a time period when it looks as though God didn’t do what He promised. The fear still comes, the medical report hasn’t improved, or the addiction is just the same. But what’s feeding those things has been cut off. It just looks as though they’re still alive. The truth is that the fear is dead, the addiction is dead, the trouble at work is dead. Don’t get discouraged because you don’t see anything happening. It’s just a matter of time. What God promised you is on the way.
Your Wings Are Coming
We all face situations that look as though they are permanent. In our career, it seems as though we’ve reached our limit. We have much bigger things in our spirit, and we know what God promised, but when we look at our bank account, it says we’re stuck. When we look at the medical report, or we look at the problem in a relationship, there’s no sign of it improving. But the Scripture says, “The things we see are temporary, but the things we can’t see are eternal.” Don’t get discouraged by what you see; it’s not permanent.
One translation says, “The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow.” That means they are subject to change. Your son may be off course, but he’s subject to change. Your health may not be good, but it’s subject to change. Your dream may seem impossible, but it’s subject to change. Thoughts will tell you, You’ll never get well. You’ll never meet the right person. Instead of being discouraged, turn it around and say, “Yes, it may look that way, but I know a secret: It’s subject to change.” You can’t be moved by what you see; you have to be moved by what you know. God is on the throne. He’s working behind the scenes. What He promised will come to pass.
The Promise Is Coming
As we go through life, we all have things we’re believing for, dreams God put in our heart, and problems to turn around. But when it’s been so long, when we’ve made mistakes and people have come against us, all the circumstances say, “There’s no way. If it was going to happen, it would have happened by now.” It’s easy to get discouraged and accept that it’s never going to work out. But what God promised you doesn’t have an expiration date. Just because you’ve given up on it doesn’t mean God has given up.
You may have done things that should keep your dream from coming to pass. Perhaps you got off course and made mistakes. You don’t deserve for it to happen, but God is so merciful that He’s already taken your mistakes into account. They may delay it from happening, but they’re not going to deny it from happening. The promise is still coming. Despite the mistakes, despite the failures, despite the delays, God is saying, “I’m still going to bless you. I’m still going to heal you. I’m still going to bring that dream to pass.”
Your Time Is Coming
It’s good to have dreams and goals that we’re believing for. We should be standing in faith, believing that problems will turn around, but after it’s been a long time and we don’t see anything improving, it’s easy to get discouraged and think it wasn’t meant to be. But just because you’ve given up doesn’t mean that God has given up. God doesn’t abort dreams. The delays, the detours, and the disappointments don’t stop God’s plan. What He started in your life, He’s going to finish. The Scripture says, “What God has purposed, who can annul it?” It may seem as though what you’re believing for could never come to pass, that it’s too late, that the odds are against you.
God is saying, “Your time is coming.” He has not forgotten about you. He has seen the lonely nights. He’s seen the unfair situations, the times when you’re doing the right thing and not getting the credit, when the illness isn’t improving, when your child isn’t doing better. Voices whisper, “It will never change.” Don’t believe the lie. Healing is coming, promotion is coming, and freedom is coming. God has already put it on the schedule. The date has already been ordained.
Ease Is Coming
We all go through seasons of struggle when we’re doing the right thing but it feels like it’s uphill. There’s pressure raising the children. We’re believing for our health to improve, but it’s not getting better. We’re working hard, but it seems as though we’re taking one step forward and two steps back. Too often we lose our enthusiasm and think this is just the way life is.
In Matthew 11, Jesus talks about how the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and you have to take it by force. He was telling us that there will be seasons where you have to stand strong and fight the good fight of faith. But a few verses later in that same chapter, He says, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” He was saying, “You’re going to go through times of struggle, strain, and difficulty, but don’t get discouraged. That’s not permanent. My yoke, what I’m going to put on you, is easy, and My burden is light.”
Coming Out Better
You may be in a challenging time now. Maybe it feels as though it’s taken something out of you that can’t be replaced. You’ve lost the spring in your step. You’ve accepted that you’ll always be at a disadvantage. Get ready. God is about to breathe new life into your spirit. He’s going to renew your strength and renew your youth like the eagle’s. What that challenge took out, God is about to put back in—health, vitality, freshness, passion. He’s going to bring new opportunities, good breaks, the right people, and favor that catapults you ahead. He’s not going to just bring you out; He’s going to make up for what was unfair.
God says, “Because you got a double dose of trouble, your inheritance in the land will be double and your joy will go on forever.” When you come into double, nobody will know that a business partner cheated you, nobody will know you had an unfair childhood, nobody will know you went through that illness. You’re going to be so blessed, so healthy, so strong, and so favored that nobody will know what you’ve been through.