“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25–26 CSB).
Have you ever found yourself in a life situation where everything seems to be falling apart? Business or work is going down, your economic status suddenly drops, things you could afford, you can’t afford them anymore. Some friends you thought were friends suddenly walk out of your life. Long-term relationships are breaking. Financially, you are stripped. Psychologically & mentally you are freaking out. You wonder, “Can I go on?”
Yes, you can. Many times God intentionally strips you of everything, pride, self-dependence, dependence on others, material things and breaks you down. However, He leaves you with faith and calls you unto Himself. He calls you to depend on Him. He calls you to become intimate with Him. Darling, will you keep holding on to God even when you have nothing? Will you depend on your faith in God (something you can’t see or feel)?
This is not to undermine what you are going through right now, but I want you to understand that this striping is a process, a season and it shall pass. So, lean on to God and let Him be your strength. Though things are hard, keep pushing & keep your joy.
Somehow, you will successfully go through each day by the grace of God. In the little you have, you will be grateful and content. You might not be happy but hold on to that unspeakable joy that can’t be explained & that peace within you that makes no sense.
Behold, God is doing a new thing in your life. Isaiah 43:19-20(NLT), “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
The old has to be removed for the new to come. Thus, God strips you of the old you to make a new you. He strips you of your pride, ego, arrogance, dependence and humbles you. He empties you and fills you with the truth of His word.
Darling, when God strips you of everything but your faith, be grateful for you are blessed. This pruning, breaking, and striping of you will give birth to a new you, who is more connected to the vine. This pressing of you will give rise to a new oil for a new light.
We are pressed but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned, strucked down but not destroyed. We are blessed!
We walk by faith and not by sight.
Hang in there, this too shall pass.