Hard times have a way of robbing us a clear perspective. Those are the moments we find ourselves generalizing our negative circumstances instead of being specific and isolating the items of our pain. We think everything is working against us when we are just having a bad day at work. Being able to look at the big picture and see the many things that are working instead of generalizing our pain is a sign of emotional mastery. The scriptural account of Jacob is such an example. He spent most of his life mourning over what he considered the loss of Joseph. When the brothers requested to go down to Egypt with Benjamin, he considered everything to be working against him. He forgot that with God on your side, even the negatives work for you. That is why we should never allow our lives to be defined by the things we have. Our attachment in life should not be with the blessings we have but rather the source of our blessings. Blessings can be taken away but the Blessor always remains. God’s promises in the scriptures are directed to us and not the things we have. We can lose the blessings but we can never lose God. Earthly treasures can easily vanish and are food for the moths. In a moment of loss, our confidence in God ought to be our outmost treasure and security. When you have God you have everything you need! Jacob as did other characters in the scriptures still had God irrespective of what they considered loss. Job lost everything but he never lost his God; he recovered! Moses lost everything he had worked for in Egypt but never lost his God; he recovered! What have you lost and your life appears to be on standstill? Where are you feeling as if everything is working against you? Where are you focusing on the blessings more than the Blessor? As long as you have not lost God, you will recover. Acquire things but remember everything else is liable to be shaken. Only God is unshakable!
“The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.” Hebrews 12:27 NIV
Last modified: May 25, 2020