As I think back over my life’s journey up until now I recall many defining moments, times of great suffering and great joy, and tragic loss that have changed me forever. One that I will never forget is when the Lord awakened me many year ago and said “no one will ever love you the way I love you” I was so in awe of His majesty at that moment.
Today, after the most painful moment of my life, the tragic loss of my son Jon, I can see God’s transforming grace and love in a way I’ve never known before. As He continues to awaken me to His unfailing love day by day I truly say I am “blessed and highly favored” not because I have an abundance of things, but because His love is from everlasting to everlasting. “But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children — with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” (Psalm 103:17-18)
We all experience life-defining moments. Some may be good, others bad, but they mold, shape, and direct our lives. A defining moment is a point in one’s life that changes everything. It may be a moment of joy, sorrow, hope, or heartbreak. Defining moments don’t all happen at once, but over the course of our lives, and they tend to happen when we least expect. During these moments, we’re presented with opportunities to change our minds and correct our course if necessary. That’s a good thing, because sometimes we make wrong decisions and take wrong turns. The decisions you make today will not just affect tomorrow, but will determine your future and impact the lives of others for eternity.
I have experienced many defining moments in life such as marriage, childbirth, divorce, loss of both parents, loss of a job, a fractured wrist after being struck by a car, crisis with a child, financial loss…etc. The most significant of all of these was deciding to follow Christ at all costs.
Making this decision changed the way I perceive life and what is possible. Throughout many of the above losses, I experienced God in a profound way. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
There are many promises from God in Scripture. We come into agreement with His promises when we say, “Amen.” Jesus said in Revelation 1:14, that He is the Amen, the witness who is faithful and true. God does not forget His promises. The promises of God are not “yes” then “no.” They’re not “I don’t know” or “maybe so.” “For all the promises of God find their “yes” in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our “amen” to God for his glory.”20 We can count on God to keep His promises.
We are in a season that requires us to press in for the next move of God. As you position yourself and seek His face, expect God to shift things around in your finances, family, career, and ministry. You don’t want to miss the moment.
Direct your faith toward God. He is ready to fulfill those promises. Choose to live a life of faith even though you know your faith will be tested. Let go of faith in this world’s system and your ability to accomplish things on your own without God. Without faith, it is “impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”21 Seize the moment to step into the unique identity God fashioned for you. In the same way God had specific assignments for the men and women of the Bible, He has a specific assignment just for you to fulfill.