How I made it over!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, August 22, 2019


“For the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Deuteronomy 20:4

Do you remember the way you overcame some of the challenges and hardships of your past? Have you taken the time to reflect on the way God gave you the strength to carry the burdens you did not think you could carry? Has it occurred to you that it is because of God’s mercy, you are not consumed by your enemies, or by the issues of life? Do you know how you made it over your major illness, or a failed business, or a troubled relationship, or a toxic work environment, or a major legal battle?

As I look back over my life, I am convinced that I made over by the grace and mercy of God. The Almighty has always been there when I needed him. He was always on time to rescue me from the adversities of life.

No amount of education can prepare a person for the vicissitudes of life. Fame and fortune do not exempt us from pain and suffering. After all, “Man who is born of a woman is but of a few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). No one gets a trouble-free pass on earth. Everyone has his or her Kryptonite. If we are where we are today, it is because of God.

In today's text, Moses encourages the Israelites not to be afraid of their enemies, and to trust God as they journey towards the Promised Land. He reminds them that God is fighting their battles, and that they should face their enemies with confidence. Moses knew that it was God who brought the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. The Israelites made it over the Red Sea by the power of God. They made it over the arid and deadly desert on their way to the Promised Land by the mercy of God.

Growing up, I remember watching my mom cry out to God when she did not know how she was going to feed her children. When things got very tough, momma would grab her sackcloth and go into her prayer room to cry out to God. Somehow, the Lord always made a way. God never allowed my siblings and me to beg for bread.

During my first year in college in a school in West Virginia, I was told by some of the professors that I wasn’t smart enough to graduate from the program because I am black. The Lord got me out of that school and put me in one of the most prestigious schools in the nation, where I graduated with top honors. So, I know, I got over by the power of Almighty God.

Most of you have similar stories about the way you got over by the grace of God. Some of you got over toxic relationships by the mercy of God. Others got over financial collapse by the love of a providential God. Many of you got over cancer or another major illness by the healing power of God.

People of African descent have made it over slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and systemic racism by the grace and power of Almighty God. Although this country has a long way to go to create that “Beloved Community” that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about, we have faith that one day we will make it over in all aspects of life.

Even though this country is built on the sweat and tears of immigrants, we now have an anti-immigrant climate that is destroying communities and allowing xenophobia to metastasize like terminal cancer. To those who are incarcerated in concentration camp-like detention centers, I want you to know that you will make it over somehow by the grace and power of Almighty God. The Lord is a God of justice, and he will not allow injustice to triumph.

Followers of Christ should not give credit to anyone or anything when they make it over. To God alone belongs all honor, glory, and praise for every blessing, every victory and triumph. I want to end today’s devotional with the words of David in Psalm 124:

If the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us,
3 they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us;
4 the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters would have swept us away.
6 Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, thank you for bringing us over again and again when we could not help ourselves.
 

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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