Part of Hurricane Chapel’s mission has been to continually glorify God deeper through equipping and broader through commitment. As we begin 2023, Hurricane Chapel is dedicated to  “Completing The Assignment”. With this in mind, we come before God in prayer and through fasting over the next 21 days. We ask Him to help us renew our expectations, giving us new perspectives, and by launching us forward into the plans and purpose He has for our lives.
 
For each day, we will follow The Word for You Today Devotionals. Using this devotional as a guide will help increase your knowledge of God’s word and encourage you to seek His guidance for your daily walk.

You need to enjoy each day of your life for Christ’s sake, because He paid a very high price for you to be able to. He said, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and heave it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” (Jn 10:10 AMPC). He said: “I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete the overflowing” (Jn 15:11 AMPC). He said, “Ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete” (Jn 16:24 AMPC). Jesus actually prayed that you would have joy: “Now I am coming to You…so that My joy may be made full and complete and perfect in them [that they may experience My delight fulfilled in them, that My enjoyment may be perfected in their own souls, that they many have My gladness within them, filling their hearts]” (Jn 17:13 AMPC). Whit Jesus Himself praying such powerful words about His desire for you to have joy, how could you ever doubt that God wants you to be happy and enjoy our life? As a redeemed child of God, you’re walking billboard for Christianity! Don’t go around looking severe, stern, strict, sour, and sensorial, believing you’re coming across as “spiritual.” No, that’s a turnoff to non-Christians! You need a new mindset; a scriptural one that will enable you to enjoy life and make you a more enjoyable person to be around.

Read these two Scriptures: ”With God all things are possible” (v.26). “He did not many mighty works there, because of their unbelief” (Mt. 13:58). Those tow verses mean this: Many things that are possible remain undone because of the doubt and unbelief. So, this year, think “possible.” If God’s Word says you can succeed, but you’re failing, it may mean this: You don’t really believe what He says, or you’re not willing to do your part. When you think “possible,” it increases your energy level. Who gets energized at the prospect of losing? If you know something can’t succeed, how much time and energy are you willing to give it? Nobody goes looking for a lost cause you only invest yourself in what you believe can succeed. So when you think “possible” and trust God for success, your faith becomes the energizing force. Some people believe that possibility thinkers are naïve or foolish. If you’re one of them, answer these questions: How many highly successful people do you know who are continually negative? How many impossibility thinkers are you acquainted with who achieve big things? None! The first step to thinking “possible” is to stop yourself form searching for and dwelling on what’s wrong with each situation. People with an it-can’t-be-done mindset have two choices: they can expect the worst and continually experience it. Or change their thinking. And that begins with eliminating the negative self-talk you hear in your head before you have even opened your mouth. “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences” (Pr 18:21 NLT). In order to think “possible,” you must believe and speak “possible.”

The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God most believe that He is, and that He is rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (v.6) NKJV). Here is something God can’t do; Be pleased without faith! Twelve spies entered the promised land, but only wo came back and said, “We are well able to overcome it” (Nu. 13:30 NKJV). God had promised it to them, but the majority thought it couldn’t be done. People who think “possible” not only create forward-looking, optimistic pictures of the future in their own minds, but also in the minds of others. And the opposite is true. Same Ewing said, “Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn’t be done.” Now, believing you can doesn’t guarantee you will. But believing you can’t guarantees you won’t! So how’s your approach to life? When you go wrong or all the things that can go right? Ballistic rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun said,” I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.” You say, “Who was he?” The scientist who made it possible for the first man to walk on the moon! John Andrew Holmes said: “Never tell a young person that something cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for somebody ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.” If you want to achieve something, give yourself permission to believe it is possible—and trust God for success.

Joseph had two dreams, and the second was bigger than the first. His first dream was a field of sheaves; the second dream was a sky full of stars. So the word for you today is—dream one size bigger! Henry Curtis said: “Make your plans as fantastic as you like, because twenty-five years from now they will seem mediocre. Make your plans ten times as great as you first planned, and twenty-five years from now you will wonder why you did not make they fifty times as great.” There is only one way to keep growing: make your goal a step beyond what makes you comfortable. That will force you to keep growing! And it will also set you up to believe God for greater things. Most people want their lives to keep improving, yet they value peace and stability at the same time. They forget that you can’t improve and stay the same. Growth means change, and that means challenging the status quo. Thinking “possible” means you can’t settle for what you have now. There will always be people around you who want you to give up your dream and embrace the status quo. Love them, but don’t be led by them. As you begin to believe God for greater things and others try to throw cold water on you, remember that right now, as you read this page, other people around the world are thinking about curing cancer, developing new energy sources, feeding the hungry, improving the quality of life, and winning whole nations for Christ. They are bucking the odds and challenging the status quo—and you must, too.

Life is full of choices, decisions, and options. It’s also full of people with strong opinions who will try to tell you which way they think you ought to go. If we could turn back the hands of time, nearly all of us would alter some of our past choices because they have caused us to find ourselves in the path of “wrongness” rather than “righteousness.” Sheep will gravitate toward whatever appeals to their instincts, such as a berry bush, even though it will take them away from the flock and the shepherd’s protective care. They think they know the right path when they really have no clue. Question: Have you been following your appetites and instincts rather than your shepherd? You say, “But God has given me a brain to use.” Sure, and you need to develop it. But it’s limited, and it will only take you so far. The Holy Spirit desires to take you beyond those limits. “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Ro. 8:14). How does God lead us? Objectively through His Word, and subjectively through His Spirit. As you read His Word, you hear His voice, and you “lie down” (Ps 23:2), He impresses upon your heart what He wants you to do. If you have gotten onto the wrong path, turn to God and He will guide you back onto the right path. You say, “Would God actually speak to someone like me?” Yes, “He calls his own seep by name and leads them out…he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice” (Jn 10:3-4 NKJV). Today, let God lead you!

Next time you sit down at your table to eat a delicious meal, stop and think about all the people it took to make it possible. A farmer grew it or raised it; a food processing company prepared and packaged it; a trucking company shipped it; a grocery store sold it; then someone paid the price to buy it, cook it, and sell it before you to eat. There are many links in this chain, but the first link is God. He made the soil, the seeds, and the livestock. Without Him, you would go hungry. That’s why each time you come to your dining table, it’s proper to “say grace,” or offer thanks to Him. When someone sets food for your enjoyment and nourishment in front of you, common courtesy alone should require that you respond by saying, “Thank you.” Here is a memo form heaven: “Everything you have came from me. Signed: God.” (See Jas 1:17). Perhaps you’re thinking, “But I worked hard for what I have.” Then you’re to be commended for your wok ethic and your effort. But that’s not the end of the story; here is the rest of it: “Command those who are rich in the present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share: (1 Ti 6:17-18 NKJV). When God says be “ready to give, willing to share,” He is simply saying, “Just as I have been the provider of all your blessings, now go out and share those blessings with others.”

David said: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me: Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over” (vv. 4-5 NKJV). Notice, God didn’t promise that you wouldn’t have to deal with death, or fear, or evil, or enemies. He simply said that in spite of them, and sometimes in the midst of them, your cup will still overflow with His blessing. Next time you pour a cup of tea or coffee and it overflows onto the saucer, you have an “overflowing” or a “surplus.” Your God is a God of surplus. Paul writes, “God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others” (2 Co 9:8 NLT). He saturates you with joy and peace “so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Ro 15:13 NIV). He bestows a surplus of joy—He causes you to “rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Pe 1:9 NKJV). He also provides a surplus of peace—He gives “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Php 4:7 NKJV). So when you’re struggling to make ends meet, or you fear the future, look in the mirror and say, “God is my source; I have more than enough, my cup overflows.” And don’t just do that in times of need or crisis; make it a habit you practice every day.

Job lost his wealth, his health, and his children. The book he wrote is a conversation between himself and God. At the beginning of it, Job says, “Hear now my argument” (Job 13:6 NIV). He is asking, “Why has all his happened to me?” At this point he is totally self-focused. But by the middle of his book, Job has grown spiritually and how He takes a different approach. Instead of reasoning, he decides to stand on God’s Word: “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread” (Job 23:10-12 NIV). By the last chapter in his book, Job has decided to trust God completely: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted…My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job42:2, 5 NIV). Job has finally arrived at the place where he can say, “I trust God; there is no need to worry!” After nine months of worrying, questioning, and reasoning, he decides he doesn’t need answers to all his questions, he only needs to know that God cares for him. And his story ends in these words: “The Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before” (v. 10 NIV). There you have it; the steps to overcoming your worries!

When God gives you a vision of what He wants you to do, you will have to go against the flow of the world. Society wants to keep you in a box. Most people are married mentally to the status quo. They want what was, not what can be. They seek safety and simple answers. So, you need to give yourself permission to go a different way, to break new ground. Paul said, “I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision.” It was his consuming passion and the central focus of his life. He got up every morning thinking about it and went to bed every night thinking about it. And at the end of his life, he could say, “I have finished the race…Finally, there is laid up for me the crown” (2Ti 4:7-8 NKJV). No one achieves greatness by becoming a generalist. Whether you vision is to build a great family, or a great church, or a great business, or a great “anything” you must focus. Author Harry A. Overstreet observed; “The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through.” Does every area of your life deserve focused thinking time? No. Be selective, not exhaustive in you thinking. What has God called you to do? What’s your role in it? What skill sets do you need to sharpen? What knowledge do you need to acquire?  What relationships do you need to build? The first question Paul asked when God gave him his vision was, “What do You want me to do?” (Ac 9:6 NKJV). And today that’s the question you need to ask God too.

In the fourteenth century, there was not a single copy of the Bible in English! It was available only in Latin, the language of the clergy, and those where chained to the podiums of the cathedrals. Then a prominent professor of divinity at oxford University said, “This is not right. People should be able to read the Bible in their own language.” Church leaders branded him a heretic and an instrument of the devil. Like Noah who pounded the nails into the ark while people ridiculed and scorned him, John Wycliffe began translating the Scriptures as flood of persecution emerged around him. When he finally completed his translation of the Scriptures, he wrote this in the flyleaf of the first copy of the English Scriptures; “This Bible is translated and shall make possible a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Five hundred years later, President Abraham Lincoln borrowed that statement for his famous Gettysburg Address. Thirty years after Wycliffe died, he was again proclaimed a heretic. Consequently, his body was exhumed, and his bones were burned to dust, and his ashes cast into a river. A contemporary historian describes the scene like this: “Thus this brook hath conveyed his ashes into (the river) Avon, Avon into Severn, Severn into the narrow seas, they into the ocean. And thus ashes…are the emblem of his doctrine…now…dispersed the world over.” Hence Peter writes, “’The word of the Lord endures forever.’ Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached unto you.”

The words “Your word is lamp to my feet” mean you’re supposed to walk according to God’s will and not your own thoughts, wishes, or impulse. The words “and a light to my path” mean you can’t go in any direction you choose; you must follow the path that God has planned for you. You will never go wrong consulting the Scriptures for direction, but make sure you keep the Scriptures in context. Don’t use the “open-window method,” allowing the wind to blow across the pages of your Bible, then shutting your eyes, pointing to a verse and saying, “This is God’s leading on this.” If you do that, you could wind up with the verse, “Judas went away and hanged himself,” as the verse for your day! Would you want to go to a doctor with an illness and hear him say, without ever examining you, “It’s your gallbladder”? You would ask, “How do you know?” And he would say, “Well, I sat by the window a few moments ago and trusted God to blow the pages of my anatomy book to your problem—and the topic on the page was ‘gallbladder.’” You would run out of there pretty fast, wouldn’t you? Some people practice this kind of theological voodoo, then get into trouble and say, “Well, God led me,” when God had nothing to do with their choices. Whenever you read the scriptural phrase, “This is the will of God,” you can be sure that it’s His will. If you disobey Him, you will suffer the consequences, and if you obey Him, you will be blessed.

“The scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery…they said to Him, ‘Teacher…Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?’…Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’…When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more’” (vv. 3-7, 10-11 NKJV). That day Jesus demonstrated three things: (1) The hypocrisy of a double standard.  Since this woman had been “caught in the very act,” surely they knew who the man was, too. There is still a double standard today that looks down on wild oats.” The Pharisees used stones, we use words, but the victim ends up wounded regardless. (2) Who alone is qualified to judge. “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” Who was the only sinless one among them that day? Jesus! So He alone is qualified to judge. (3) You can rise above your past.  “Go and sin no more.” Those words could be rephrased, “Go, and because you have had an encounter with Jesus, you can rise above the past.

Your lungs need oxygen to thrive, your body needs food to thrive, and your soul needs joy to thrive. How can you tell when someone is joy-deprived? By how they look and what they say. One Bible teacher says: “When I began to understand John 10:10…I realized the enemy had deceived me into thinking that enjoying things was not important…I had come to believe—falsely, of course—that if I was having fun, something was wrong…I must not be working hard enough! I never saw my father enjoy life and it seemed to aggravate him when others did, so I just grew up thinking out loud…The seventeenth-century….[writer] Madame Guyon said that the highest call for every child of God is to enjoy God. I remember what a heavy load lifted off of me the first time I read that…I was working so hard trying to please God that the thought of simply enjoying Him had not occurred to me at all. I had never heard of such a thing!…I had been a committed church member for over twenty years before I learned that God wanted me to enjoy Him and the life He had given me.” Can you relate? If so, it’s time to make some changes in your life. Take a break without feeling guilty; you will be much more productive when you’re rested and refreshed. Recreation is not “unspiritual”; it’s essential to staying in balance. We live in a driven, stressed-out society, but you can change; you can be joyful if you choose to.

Do you remember when most restaurants had opening and closing hours? It was their schedule, not your appetite, that decided whether you ate or went hungry. No anymore; now you can pop into many of your favorite eating places anytime your appetite hits. That’s how God operates; He is available 24/7. And although praying isn’t limited to set times, there are certain times when it’s vital that you talk to God. Here are two: (1) When you have sinned.  Your emotions of guilt and shame, plus Satan “the accuser,” will tell you to avoid God. But turning to Him is the only solution to sin. Burdened by adultery, deception, and murder, David realized he needed to confess his sin to God. “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than show…Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (vv.7, 10 NIV). John said God is “faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn 1:9 NIV). Have you sinned? A fresh beginning is only a prayer away. (2) When you’re worried and afraid. You don’t have to look too far to find things to worry about; they’re all around you. Financial, professional, health, and family concerns can make you stressed-out and anxious. Where to turn? Prayer is God’s answer to fear and anxiety. “Don’t worry over anything whatever…tell God every detail of your needs in thankful prayer, and the peace of God, which surpasses human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds’ (Php 4:6-7 PHPS).

Here are two important prayer principles: (1) Talk to God when troubles surround you. If you’re like most people, good times can make you trust in yourself instead of God. It’s the troubled times that drive you to your knees—a bad medical report, a child hooked on drugs, a lost job. Or a troubled marriage. That’s God intention to allowing troubled times! He allows trouble to afflict us—not to make us miserable, but to bring us to Himself. Hosea the prophet said, “In their misery they will earnestly seek [God]” (Hos 5:15 NIV). God’s fatherly heart wants above all that we abide and confide in Him. And if it takes trouble to do it. He loves us enough to permit it. But when we turn to Him in our troubles we discover that He is “our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble” (Ps 46:1 NLT). (2) Talk to God at all times.  In his widely-read classic, The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence speaks of prayer as a continual conversation with God—a practice for all times, places, and circumstances. While cooking and washing dishes, he found conversing with God as satisfying as in his allotted prayer times. He counsels us; “That we may accustom ourselves to a continual conversation with Him…in simplicity. That we need only to recognize God intimately present with us, and to address ourselves to Him every moment.” That sounds like Paul’s instructions on the subject: “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request…always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Eph 6:18 NIV).

Here are three truths from the Scripture that will make your faith more effective: First, believe that God is. The force of the language used here is much more than a vague acknowledgment of God’s existence. Mankind claims scores of gods, but the God of the Bible is not one of them—or even the best of them. He is the only true God! And this Scripture says He is uniquely, genuinely, permanently present and active. Second, believe that God is able. When two blind men approached Jesus seeking healing, He asked. “‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you’” (Mt 9:28-29 NIV). Immediately, they could see. Jesus knew He was able to heal them, but He wanted them to know He was able. Until you believe in God’s ability to meet your need, you have no ground on which to base your confidence and prayers. Third, believe that God is willing. After knowing He is able, you must take a step of belief. A leper approached Jesus saying, “’Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Jesus…touched him, saying ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ And immediately his leprosy was cleansed” (Mt 8:2-3 NAS). Is God willing? Consider His claim: He—not we—goes on record as being “a rewarder of those who…seek Him.” That leaves no room for doubt. Today, God is not only able but willing to meet your need.

If you were in charge of hiring people at work, what would you look for? Skill, dedication, punctuality, reliability, patience, kindness, and consistency? Jesus said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much” (Lk 16:10 NIV). Life mostly consists of little things, so if you’re unfaithful in little things, you will be unfaithful in most of life. Do you possess a “guilt pile” at work? It’s that little stack of items you haven’t gotten around to yet. Faithfulness includes how you handle it. It may not matter much to you that someone has sent you an email or written you a letter, but that person anticipates an answer. Their world may be counting on it. How do you manage the little things in life? Jesus said, “If you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?” (v. 12NIV). If you owned the business you work for, would you be taking all those extra coffee breaks? Would you buy the rental car you just abused for a week? How you handle the things that are not yours is a test of faithfulness to God. See how sensible this is? Faithfulness is important in all areas of life. God says you will be rewarded for your faithfulness, so do your best to work. “Work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Col 3:23 NIV). As a follower of Christ, you should have a reputation for being the most dependable person on the job. Why? Because you’re aware of who your true boss is!

You say: “What happened to the verse in Galatians 6 that promises whatever you sow you will also reap? I gave it my best shot. I trusted, sacrifice, and did the right things, yet reaped nothing.” Whether it’s a lack of reaping in your finances, job, marriage, children, or ministry, it’s discouraging and sometimes makes you feel like quitting. The disciples were experienced fishermen. But they had fished all night and caught nothing, so now they were discouraged. And that’s when Jesus showed up! When they thought there was nothing more that could be done, He stepped into their boat. And He still works that way. As long as you think you can handle the situation yourself, Jesus knows you will keep trying to. So, He waits until you have exhausted your resources and acknowledged that you are out of options, then He gets involved. “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch,” He instructed (Lk 5:4 NIV). Peter replied, “We have already tried that and the fish just aren’t biting.” Maybe Peter was thinking, “Lord, you’re the preacher, but I’m a professional fisherman. If there was anything out there, I would have caught it.” Jesus was saying, “This time, try it my way!” Peter replied, “Master…because you say so, I will.” And that’s when the miracle happened. Whatever Peter thought or felt, he obeyed Jesus anyway. That, too, is when your situation begins to change. When you’re clueless and helpless, thinking there is no way out, just get quiet and listen, and Jesus will tell you what to do. And when He does, even though you have questions, say, “Master, because you say so, I will obey.” Then, prepare for results only God can give.

If you grow up in hard times, you will automatically do one of these two things: (1) Trust God more because you have experienced His faithfulness. (2) Worry, think, and incessantly talk about the “what ifs” in life. And there are lots of them to think about, because the future rests in God’s hands and not yours. It’s possible for a thing to seem much bigger to you than it really is. That’s the essence of worry. It’s like a snowball; it starts small, but as you roll it over and over in your mind, it becomes bigger and bigger until it has the potential to bury you. What’s the answer? “Trust in the Lord with all you heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Pr 3:5 NKJV). Fill your heart with God’s Word. Then develop the habit of letting what’s in your heart be more real to you than what you see, think, or feel. You can choose to think about what God can do instead of what you cannot do. If you continue to obsess about the difficulty or your situation, you will end up in despair. In other words, you will feel trapped. When that happens, it’s easy to panic and begin to do irrational things that just make the problem worse. Instead, “Cast your care on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” The word “sustain” means to strengthen, support, and hold up. God may not take you out of the situation immediately, but His sustaining grace will bring you through it. Today, give your problem to God.

The misery of living with unforgiveness in your heart always lasts longer than the pain of the offense. Always! When you hold on to resentment, you open the door to depression and physical illness. Forgiving brings healing to your wounds and restores your joy. Here are two steps to help you forgive: (1) Remember that you have been unconditionally forgiven.  Recall God’s grace toward you, and the price paid for your forgiveness. By refusing to show mercy, you’re like the man Jesus said was forgiven an enormous debt, yet was unwilling to forgive another man’s paltry indebtedness to him (See Mt 18:23-34). The grace God has extended to you leaves you no ground whatsoever to refuse the same grace to the one who hurt you. (2) Release the offender from the debt they owe you.  You may be totally justified in saying, “They owe me for what they did!” Your friends my agree. The law may agree, and you may be thinking that the only way your offender will “learn to do what’s right” is if they’re made to pay for the wrong they did. But as long as you’re holding on to your “rights,” you’re chained to the past. It has you in its grip, and your future is being held hostage to the past’s control over you. Your offender’s sin against you was paid for by the same sacrificial love that canceled your sin debt, so they have the same need and right to forgiveness and that you have. And there is more; forgiveness is not just for their benefit, but for yours: “Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Lk 6:37 NIV).

Here are three more steps to forgiveness: 1) Accept people as they are and don’t try to change them.  You say, “I’ll only forgive them if they change.” That just keep you tied to them, obsessing over what they did and demanding they act in ways that you approve of. Nothing makes people less willing to change than when you try to control them and demand that they meet your requirements. Changing people isn’t your job—it’s God’s Job! Your job is to choose to forgive and leave the outcome in God’ hands. The formula for healing is simple: forgive, let go, and let God. (2) See your offender as God’s tool for your growth. It’s easier to forgive someone when you stop seeing them as Satan’s agent set to destroy you, and begin seeing them as God’s instrument to develop you. The life of Joseph speaks to this principle. Theh path that led him from the pit to the palace was paved by injustice, disappointment, and betrayal. But God used each painful circumstance to get him to his destiny. And God can do that for you. (3) try reconciling with your offender. Reconciliation is God’s nature. “When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Ro 5:10). And what God dis for you, He wants you to do for whoever you are at odds with. Jesus made reconciliation a top priority by saying, “Leave you gift there before the altar…First be reconciled…then come and offer your fit” (Mt 5:24 NKJV). Yes, it will take selflessness and humility on your part, but the return is worth the investment!