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Angela Overton

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Genesis 1:16 states, “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule by day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”

This is one of my favorite scriptures because it demonstrates the majesty of God. The simple phrase, “He made the stars also,” is humorous to me. It is like God is saying, “No biggie. Just trillions of stars I created too.”

The Vastness of our Creator

Up until Galileo invented the telescope, astronomer’s believed there were only fifteen-hundred stars in the night’s sky. Then the Hubble telescope was invented centuries later, which then aided in the discovery of the vastness of our universe.

  • There are approximately ten billion galaxies in the cosmos?
  • Not only that, there are one hundred billion stars in each galaxy.
  • So, there are approximately one billion trillion stars in our observable universe.
  • ONE BILLION TRILLION

“He made the stars also,” is a declarative statement that proves the greatness of our God.

Psalm 147:4 declares, “He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.”

God has enchanted our evenings with billions of stars to make the night sky full of awe and wonder. We serve a God who has created unique, intricate snowflakes to fall down from billowy clouds, causing them to glisten and sparkle over the landscapes of this world. David proclaimed in the book of Psalms that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and Luke declares that every hair on your head is numbered. We truly serve an incredible God.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for creating such a beautiful world for me to enjoy and thank You for creating me in Your image. You are sovereign and magnificent. Remind me when I look up to the night’s sky that You know every detail of my life. I love you, Lord.

 

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 37:23, KJV.

Growing up my dad taught me how to play chess. I’m still an amateur but I love spending time with him, so I’ll sit there for hours knowing I don’t have a winning chance. It doesn’t matter how many steps I think ahead, he is ten steps ahead of me.

Our relationship with God is very similar. We can have our future mapped out with personal goals and a step-by-step plan, but God has a purpose for our life that far exceeds our expectation!

We journey though life from beginning to end, however, God’s omnipotence is from the end to the beginning. God’s knowledge is incomparable to ours. He knows if the choices you are making will be detrimental or beneficial to your spiritual health. This is the reason why He asks you to step out in faith or why His answers are sometimes, “No.”

The Detriment of What If’s

Have you ever asked God, “What is your purpose through this situation in my life?” or the all too familiar, “Why God?”  More than anything I want to be led by the Lord, but what if that means my path will be lonely? What if I experience pain?

The what if’s of life can prevent us from God’s master plan in our lives. 

My flesh hesitates when God motions me to move to an unfamiliar place, but my spirit whispers, “trust in God.”

God Is A Master Strategist

One thing is certain, God wants to guide you through life, even after you make a wrong move on your life’s chessboard. Our God is a master strategist and He will direct you toward His perfect will and purpose for your life – if you will allow Him.

Prayer: God, I pray You will remind me that You are the author and finisher of my faith and that You know the beginning to end. I desire righteousness and ask You to guide my every footstep and to divinely orchestrate my life because I want to be in Your perfect will. I trust You, Amen.

“In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 1 Samuel 1:10-11, NIV.  

Desperation and Faith

Like Hannah’s moving prayer, my life began with desperation and faith.

My mother received news from the doctor that her body had a condition that would prevent her from conceiving another child. Her heart was shattered into innumerable pieces as her dream of having another baby crumbled into the abyss of hopelessness.

Something began to shift in my mom’s heart—she began to speak faith. The word of God is replete with abounding promises and miracles, so she decided to declare certain scriptures in prayer. She reminded God of His promises to women of faith, such as Sarah and Hannah.

Envisioning Faith

She would envision being pregnant by putting a pillow underneath her blouse while looking at herself in the mirror, pretending to be healed and with a child forming in her womb. This may sound silly to someone who has never walked the road of infertility—but to someone who is desperate for a child—this was an act of sheer faith.

For eight long years she invested a wealth of prayers and tears into the ether of the supernatural realm, not knowing the outcome, but pressing onto her promise. And, for eight long years she fought a war between doubt and faith and battled between hope and hopelessness.

Broken, my mom walked into church yet again, with a silent cry of her heart beating for a child. The evangelist, without knowing her situation, walked up to my mom during service. He placed his hand on her forehead and said, “There is new blood flowing through your veins, be healed in Jesus name.”

Fulfilled Faith

That night my mother was healed completely.

Nine months later, I was born.

My mother learned that God may send barrenness our way to cause us to trust completely in Him.

There might be an impossible situation that you are facing right now and you have been weeping bitterly before God. You’re heart may feel like it’s in a million pieces, but remember this:

Miracles operate in the realm of impossibility.

There is hope.

Prayer: Lord, I have an impossible need in my life right now and I have pleaded for your provision but I am still waiting on You to answer my prayers. My heart grieves as I wait on You and I do not understand what is taking so long. Help me to trust You, regardless of how You decide to answer my prayers. I know that You can do anything and I choose to believe in the impossible.