“So shall my word be that proceedeth from my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11).
In the above scripture God used “WORD”, not “words”, which refer to teachings. “WORD” on the other hand refers to the whole or total counsel, purpose or plan of God. His Word or plan cannot fail no matter the antiques of the devil! No situation or circumstance can prevent the plan of God from prevailing.
In the eternal game being played out, you and I are actors! Every man is involved in this game; some for, some against. Its a battle, an eternal battle.
Times of battles are not times of comfort. Yet, we love and desire comfort. God desires the same for us. However, in God’s scale of preference HIS PLAN COMES FIRST, NOT OUR COMFORT!!
You are a part of God’s over-all plan, a stone or brick in God’s building. As blocks carry other blocks in a building God would put some certain weight or responsibility on you which might discomfort you temporarily. At this time you might think that God has forsaken you and given you over to the hosts of hell. Peter writes:
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you:” (1 Peter 4:12).
God is faithful and would not forsake you. He would not let you carry what would be too heavy for you.
“….but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
You will be tempted! You will be tried! And every trial brings discomfort!
Ask Abraham. He went through the emotional agony of being childless till he was a hundred years! Many thought he was impotent, but no; he wasn’t! God was working! Else how could he have fathered children by Keturah or even by Haggar? Sarrah was not barren either for “non shall be barren in the land”. Had she gone to Abraham’s servant, Eliazar of Damascus, she would have become pregnant! But God was working. Abraham and his wife Sarrah were, as a couple, playing out their role in God’s plan! God has plans for communities, for groups, for couples and families, for individuals. In God’s plan that involved Abraham, Haggar was not there!
Think of the discomfort this couple went through, even individually! Sarrah wrote herself off. At every meeting with God, Abraham asked for a seed! He was hurting!
Ask Joseph, “who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:” (Psalms 105:17-18).
He went through the humiliating discomfort of being a slave as he played out his role in God’s plan.
Ask Moses, who “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” (Hebrews 11:24-25).
Affliction has never been associated with comfort. Moses suffered discomfort as he played his role in God’s plan.
Ask Elijah who “arose and went to Zarephath” (1 kgs. 17:10), a hundred mile journey on foot across a territory where he was the most wanted man! He went on the journey after leaving the brook Cherith where he was fed twice daily by “dirty” birds. He was put at the mercy of a woman. “I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” (1 Kings 17:9). If the woman does not give him, he would not eat! Think of his masculine ego and the discomfort of being “under” a woman! He played his role in God’s plan!
Ask our “great high Priest” Jesus who “endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2).
He “endured”! This speaks of discomfort! He went through pain and discomfort because the plan, word, counsel, purpose of God is greater than how we feel!
Ask Peter, Paul, John, the other apostles and the Saints of old.
“They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheep-skins, and goat-skins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;” (Hebrews 11:37).
This is discomfort!
Why? God has a plan and to bring it to manifestation, He can discomfort you: pass you through the fire, make you pass through the waters, He can make you waddle through the puddle, make you weep, hungry, despised and rejected!
But…..”we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.” (Romans 8:28).
This is good news!! As you remain in the plan and purpose of God, your weeping shall turn to tears of joy! As the labourer is worthy of his hire, you will not labour in vain or bring forth for trouble! God will not owe you. That is why James said that after you have been tried, you will receive the crown of victory! (James1:12)
Look at Jesus, He was highly exalted and given the name above other names! Look at Abraham, he became “the father of many nations”, Joseph was made the “Governor of Egypt”, Moses became the “deliverer of Israel”, Daniel and his friends were rulers in a foreign land!
All these people worked, then received. The reward comes after the work.
So, be strong and of a good courage, do not despair, do not complain, do not murmur! God will see you through for with every temptation, “He also makes a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).