I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan (Rev.2.9).
The amazing thing about the revelation of Christ is the fact that God is an empathetic God. He knows everything you are going through. He feels what you feel and understands too. Imagine God telling you He knows your works, your trials and what you call poverty but it is actually not poverty. He knows your frailty and sometimes, it can be difficult to accept this truth that He knows.
The thinking of many is usually, “if He knows, why didn’t He prevent it?” “If He knows, what is He doing about it?” Well, the knowledge of God isn’t fruitless. Truth is this, what God can prevent in His power, He sometimes permits in His wisdom. Wisdom will always trump power. The operations of God are displayed in wisdom and power but the wisdom at work can often look contradictory to the undiscerning minds. However, even the ‘foolishness’ of God is wiser than the wisdom of man. When God says, “I know your works…” agree that He knows and one of the ways He has proven that is by giving you grace to go through that situation without losing out.
What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet (Ps.8.4).
God’s mind is full of good thoughts about you. He has crowned you with glory and honour (though you may not see them but they are there). Then He has given you dominion and have put ALL THINGS under your feet. All things includes the situation that is threatening to overshadow you. They are under your feet. You are on top of the situation, that is why it has not overwhelmed you. So why do you feel the pain more than the glory and honor? It is a matter of perspective. May you not be weak in strength in Jesus name.
© Olusola John