Friday, April 13, 2007

HomeWord Devotion


Victory is Now

This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.—1 John 5:1-5

This is a story about victory. It is a story I figured I would share when I could point towards what I felt was a tangible triumph. In the past weeks, God has taught me something different about what victory means. He has given me a new definition.

For almost two years, my husband and I have hoped to have a baby. I have been anticipating sharing the story of how God answered our prayers by announcing that we were pregnant. But as each month passed, I continued to wait, trusting that in all things God works together for the good of those who love Him, but at the same time, waiting for the moment I could give Him glory when our prayer was answered.

God has shown me a different definition of victory. My victory is now. God lifts our burdens and gives us victory even when things don’t make sense. Victory comes from a loving relationship with our Creator. It comes from Jesus dying on the cross for my sins. It is through His ultimate sacrifice that we have victory in this world. Victory is found in the arms of the Creator and through His incredible mercy and grace. It comes from being called a child of God.

I still pray daily that the Lord will bless us with a baby, for I believe God listens to the desires of my heart. But I will not wait until the day our prayer is answered to celebrate God’s faithfulness. God is faithful yesterday, today and tomorrow. My victory is not in our having a baby and holding up a prize of answered prayer. Victory is found in Jesus today. Whether or not God chooses to bless us in that way, He remains faithful, loving, full of grace and victorious!

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