Don’t Fear Destruction

 “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. BUT I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat…”

Genesis 6:17-18 NLT (Emphasis added)

With all the terrorist attacks, crime, negative news reports, and our own fears, it’s no wonder that many people fear “the end.”

I’m one of those people.  I’m the person who asks the mentally debilitating question: “What if…”

What if a terror attack hits my hometown or someone I love?

What if I’m impacted by crime?

What if God says “no” to the desires of my heart?

Out of all the “what if” questions, the last question is the one I fear the most.

I’m sure that you are just like me: When you pray, you have a lot of requests for God. They consist of you asking Him to do something for you or, in his infinite power, bring something to pass in your life.

For many of us, these are the prayers that possess the desires lying deep within us.  The ones no one else knows about.

While I know that God’s ways are not our ways, and while I know He is the ruler in our lives, I can’t help but to sit in my fleshly desires and still want what I want.

Maybe you’re that person, too.  It’s called being human.

But the above scripture reminds us that God’s ways really aren’t our ways.  Before God can give you the blessing He has prepared for you, He needs to bring destruction to what can’t come with you.

In Noah’s case, that was the rest of the world.  The world was filled with evil and nothing that pleased God.  It had gotten to be too much.

A change needed to happen.

So, God destroyed it all.  Before He did, though, He gave a promise to Noah and told him to enter the ark.

Noah and his family stayed in the ark for over a year.  While they waited, God was removing what needed to be destroyed.

When Noah left the ark, it was a new beginning.  Now God’s promise could come to pass.
Maybe you’re in the season of waiting for a promise from God.

Don’t get discouraged when I tell you this: Allow God to do the work He needs to do in order to give you those desires.

That work may look different from what you imagined, but remember that God can do immeasurably more than our imagination.

He has a plan for each and every one of us, and honestly, some plans will take longer than others.  Some plans will require more destruction than others, too.

Allow God to do what He needs to, and look forward to your blessing!

 

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Is there a blessing that you’re waiting on but are you afraid that it won’t come to pass? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. And, if you know anyone who could hear this message today, feel free to share!

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Elana Cole is a writer and professional coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

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