We get the true picture of our circumstances from what God has to say, not from what we think we perceive, from what man has to say, or from what natural circumstances seem to dictate.

Our shelves may say, “Look, I’m nearly empty. There’s no food left. You’ll soon run out of provisions and you’ll starve to death.” If our understanding is based on what that empty cupboard says, we are not understanding the situation as it really is, for God is saying, 

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Our checkbooks may try to make us understand, “No, you can’t really afford that car you need for work or that warm coat you need for cold weather.” But we get our real understanding from the Word of God which says, 

“No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).

The newspaper or nightly news may try to get us to understand that our situation is perilous because crime is rampant, there’s an increase in burglaries, armed robberies, and dope addiction. But our real situation is revealed by God when He says, 

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10).

You see, newspaper people, television personnel, and even your friends do not know the real situation and cannot give you the right understanding of a matter if they are ignorant of God’s promises and plans.

Fear is a product of ignorance. Most of the time we are afraid of the unknown. For every single situation in the world, for every fearful or overwhelming circumstance, God has the right viewpoint and is able to turn any circumstance completely around and give victory. He sovereignly reigns over every circumstance. Every one!

That is why it is important to know what our situation really is in the sight of God. Even if He doesn’t give us complete understanding of what the true picture is instantaneously, if we are in Him we can trust His understanding and walk step-by-step with Him in utter confidence that He will “keep that which I have committed to Him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12).

Make this declaration:

God is leading me step-by-step and I can trust him to keep that which I have committed to Him. Genesis 29:1-35

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