Joel & Victoria Osteen: God Remembers You
There's a young lady in the scripture by the name of Rachel. She wanted to have a baby so badly. God put this dream in her heart. Year after year went by and she couldn't conceive a child. At the same time, her sister Leah had a baby. Rachel was happy for her, congratulated her, but all the while, she kept praying and believing God for her own baby. But, still it didn't happen.
Well, Leah had another baby, and another, and another. And of course, it's good to be happy for others. It's good to rejoice with them, but God doesn't want you to just celebrate everybody else's victory. He wants you to have your own, too. He wants to give you the desires of your heart. He wants you to be celebrated.
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Rachel did her best to keep praying and believing. But after years of frustration, seeing her sister have babies and her not having her own, she got discouraged and said, "Hey, this is my lot in life. It's never going to happen." The one thing I love about God--just because we give up on a dream doesn't mean that God gives up on the dream. The scripture says, "God remembered Rachel." It doesn't say that Rachel remembered God. This is how much God wants you to fulfill your destiny. It says, "God remembered Rachel, answered her prayer and gave her a baby."
Friend, God is so loving. He's so merciful. Even when we become too discouraged to believe, God does not forget what He's promised. You may feel like Rachel. Your life hasn't turned out the way you had hoped. You worked hard, you put forth the effort, but it didn't work out. Now you're kind of thinking, "Hey, I'm never going to be happy again. I'll never be married. I'll never accomplish my dreams." No, God not only remembers you, He remembers the promise He put in you. He knows what He's destined you to do. You may have already said, "Forget it; it's never going to happen." The good news is that you don't have the final say; God has the final say. And He says, "What I started in your life, I'm going to finish. That dream you gave up on, God didn't give up on it. He remembers you and the dreams He's placed within you!
"Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive." (Genesis 30:22, NIV)
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