We had an emergency at home that left us feeling practically helpless as to how to manage the situation. It seemed like there was no where to turn to for help and we were downcast. Nothing seemed feasible at the time and because it wasn’t something that we planned for, we got destabilised.
In the middle of the confusion, I started singing a hymn as it was impressed on my spirit at that time. This is a hymn that always draws me into the place of prayer and I kept repeating the first stanza of the hymn:
What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
After singing the verse over and over for a while, I felt some renewed hope and I was then able to pray. As I began to pray, I opened my Bible and John 4 was where I was directed to read.
This Chapter in the Bible records the encounter of the Samaritan woman with Jesus. Jesus had asked her for a drink and then she made a statement and asked a question which I have read several times before but on this very occasion it struck a special chord in my spirit.
“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?(John 4:11 NLT)
As at this time, Jesus had told this woman that He was going to give her living water. Something stood out in what Jesus had told her here and it was KNOWLEDGE. He told her that if only she knew who was talking to her, she would have embraced the gift of God to her.
And it was the opposite of knowledge that jumped out at me as I read the Samaritan woman’s response to Jesus’ offer – IGNORANCE.
O, if only this woman truly just knew who was standing in front of her.
I got the message that God wanted me to get from the passage very clear. It was as if I could hear a voice tell me, “If only you knew how able your Heavenly Father is to resolve this pressing issue”.
Words cannot describe the level of relief that I felt. A wind of peace swept over my soul.
This God is bigger than any mind can conceive.
Silver and gold belongs to Him; your financial needs stand no chance before Him.
Wisdom, knowledge and understanding belongs to Him; your failures are nothing before him.
He is the Prince of peace; your emotional troubles will bow before Him.
He is life / the creator of heaven and earth; that dead business dare not ignore His voice.
And yes, God made a way for us in the midst of the storm. It was an absolute miracle. Our tears were wiped off in a twinkle of an eye.
I was sent to tell you what was said to me that day: “Stop limiting the Almighty in your thoughts”.
We actually cannot limit Him. Nothing can stop Him from doing what He wants to do.
However, when we have limiting thoughts, you suffer from hopelessness, depression, unhappiness, worry, etc.
God doesn’t want that for you.
He wants you to trust Him to sort your issues out. He needs you to have faith in His ability to help you.
There is no end to the supply from the Fountain of Life; God.
No difficult situation can leave the Master of the Universe stranded.
With God all things are possible!
All will be well!