“Then, he said to me, ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” ~Zechariah 4:6
Hello, my friends. I know I am behind schedule on my blogging, but here I am! I hope you have been doing well because I sure have! I come today to present you all with some encouragement that will surely help you, and I want you to share this with others, too. Here is yet another example of God’s goodness. I hope you will be uplifted.
So, I believe in the last blog I posted, I told you all I have been trying to stay on top of my school work. This semester has been very challenging, but I prevailed. On Friday, I watched several graduates receive their degrees, and I got to help some of them with name cards. The 4.0 students came to the back where I was, and I happened to notice one of the student’s caps. The cap was beautiful and said “Not my strength, but His.” I was taken aback. She was perhaps the first 4.0 scholar I saw that publicly gave credit to God for her success at the university. I’ve seen several scholars reference God and put scriptures on their caps, but for some reason, this cap was different. This seemed very personal, and God spoke to me. This student was referencing Zechariah 4:6. In that moment, I bet she didn’t know it, but she gave me hope.
This was my first semester taking courses that dealt specifically with my major. I had heard all of the students saying things like This semester is going to be so hard… or things like Get ready for your first Bs. I immediately tried to get rid of those thoughts. I know the God I serve, and I went in thinking God has been faithful for all of these years. This may be hard, but I will maintain my 4.0 GPA through Him. I’m sure God was like Okay, Jasmine. Let’s see if you really mean that. God will always try to test you to see if you really trust Him like you say you do. Some classes I was not concerned about at all, while others I constantly stressed over throughout the semester. Over the course of the semester I found myself asking, How am I going to make it through? On my progress report, I had a B in a class. I was worried, wondering how I would pull it up. Once I took my final exams, I gave each and every one over to God. I began to praise Him, thanking Him in advance for whatever He gave me in the classes. I knew that the only reason I would not have a 4.0 GPA this semester would only be because that was not in His will for me. But God is faithful though, and He will do just what He said. Your girl still has a cumulative 4.0 GPA!
So, where am I going with this? That young woman with her cap set a fire in me. I went from doubting to praising. I went in the semester with all the faith I could have, and the devil continued to chip at that, constantly taunting me, trying to make me doubt my God. After I saw that cap, God said to me “Jasmine, you’re forgetting whose strength you are depending on.” I cannot do anything on my own, and I want you to know that God wants to be our strength. He wants to hold us up. He wants to be right beside us, pushing us along the way. Through His strength, we can do anything. Through our own, we will surely fail.
Have you found yourself asking How am I going to make it through? Maybe you are not dealing with struggles in school. Maybe you are trying to figure out how you are going to stay strong for your family. Maybe you’re having some challenges on your job, challenges with your finances. You might be wondering how you are going to make ends meet, how you are going to provide for your family, wondering how you are just going to make it through whatever it is you’re going through. God can help you with all of that. God wants to take any burden we have and make it easier for us. All we have to do is trust in Him. I know you are thinking easier said than done, Jazz. If you said that, think again. Faith without works is dead. Works without faith serves no purpose. How are you going to be strong if you do not believe God can help you be strong? You’ll end up breaking down in no time, wondering how you are going to put yourself back together. Let God do that. Let God have control in your life. When we accepted Him into our hearts, we gave our lives to Him. We have to continue to stand firm in that. We have to believe that God will help us fulfill the purposes He has set out for us. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE! You have to know that all things work together for your good. You have to KNOW this wholeheartedly.
I encourage you to lean on God through all things, not just when you think things are going the way you want. I want you to lean on Him, fully lean on Him, my friends. How are you going to make it through?
Not by your strength, BUT HIS!
Be blessed, my friends! Until next time…