God hasn’t overlooked you
It was an amazing thing to witness!
I was a youngster at the time, following my father to revivals around the nation. I loved being in the services where the faith was high, praise was expressive and joy was all around. I would sway back and forth on my feet, moving to a blend of rhythmic drums, melodious chord progressions from the Hammond B-3 organ and the loud thump-thump-thumping of tambourines. The resounding chorus of hallelujahs and outbreaks of screams and dancing were like music to my ears.
On one particular night, a woman who had been diagnosed with cancer and had received prayer previously, had a testimony to give. My father had laid hands on her and prophesied that she was healed earlier in the week.
Well, she came back to church ecstatic. She was screaming in the microphone that she had visited her doctor and received a clean bill of health. They told her they didn’t know what happened, but the cancer that was ravaging her body had gone away.
The congregation erupted in gratitude-filled praise. I was amazed.
God heals! I have seen it happen in my life and the lives of others—even my own children. I thank God I was able to travel with my father all those years ago. He showed me what true faith in God’s power produces.
Over the weekend, I was talking to my husband about the power of my father’s prayers. During a conversation captured on our YouTube vlog, which I've posted for you at the bottom of this post, I said with a laugh, “The devil is scared of Dad Brinson.”
Over the course of many years, I have seen Dad’s bold faith in action and have watched God respond by showing up in big ways.
Anyway, I know God doesn’t just hear Dad Brinson’s prayers. He hears yours and mine, too. And yet, there are days when it doesn’t look or feel like He sees, hears or even notices us. I’m pretty sure that there have been trying seasons when you felt overlooked and invisible, as if you were all by yourself.
But you’re not by yourself; neither are you overlooked.
I’m reminded of the story of the poor widow in Luke 21:1-4.
In the temple, she put her offering of two small coins in the collection box. These coins were called “mites,” translated from the Greek word lepta. A lepton was worth a halfpenny. Two lepta were the equivalent of one cent.
Essentially, the widow gave a penny in the offering. The rich people, on the other hand, gave far more than that. In the natural, what the widow offered was worth the least. Many people would have overlooked what she gave, dismissed what she sowed, looked down upon what she offered, and paid no attention to her. But in the spiritual, what she gave was worth the most, because she gave her all.
And Jesus took notice. He saw her gift. He saw her heart. He noticed her sacrifice. That’s why He said, “This poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.”
This impoverished woman’s amazing sacrifice, which came from a pure heart, got Jesus’ attention. As a result, she is singled out in scripture and we are still being inspired by her example today.
Friend, this message is for you today if you have given your all to God. He wants you to know that He sees your pure heart. He has not overlooked you or passed you by. You have been honoring God with your life, committing everything you have to Him out of a place of loyalty, serving Him even when it gets hard, offering sincere devotion and reverence. You’ve tried to do the right things consistently, even when you haven’t felt like you were getting right results consistently. While no one’s perfect and God doesn’t expect us to be, you do strive to please the Lord.
God hasn’t overlooked that. You have cried many tears. God hasn’t overlooked that. You have suffered for His name’s sake. God hasn’t overlooked that. You have committed your life to His Kingdom to see Him glorified. God hasn’t overlooked that.
You are not undervalued or insignificant. God has not forsaken you in your time of need. He is not careless concerning your destiny. He is intricately involved in each detail of your life. You can be sure He sees you and has compassion on you. You can be confident that your work, faithfulness, faith and perseverance are not in vain.
The seeds you have sown will produce fruit. God rewards faithfulness. Keep on going. Continue serving the Lord with everything you have and watch what He does. There’s a harvest with your name on it.
Good things will happen for you. You are not forgotten. Keep on sacrificing. Stay the course. Keep on pressing and God will bestow His goodness, favor and manifold blessings upon you.
To encourage you to continue on, I’m stirring Hebrews 10:36 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, rejoice in knowing that when you push, you position yourself to reap the harvest God has in store. You set yourself up to see the manifestation of God’s promises over your life. Any good seeds you have planted in the soil of faith will yield a return. God will pay you back.
God is pleased with your perseverance. He delights in seeing you pressing, serving and trusting, even when the benefit of it is not immediately apparent. To get what he has in store, all you need to do is continue, or as the seasoned saints say, keep on keeping on.
When Satan tells you you're overlooked and the sacrifice isn't worth it. Rebuke him and hit back with Galatians 6:9 NLT which says, "So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.” (Galatians 6:9, NLT)
Now let’s pray.
God, thank You for seeing me and for assuring me that You have a good plan for me. In low times, when I feel overlooked and forsaken, I ask that You put me in remembrance of Your word and help me speak the promises You say over the problems I see. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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