A Turnaround Season
This article was written and published by Joel Osteen
We all face situations that look as though they’ll never change. It’s easy to get discouraged and accept that it’s never going to work out. But God says, “I will turn things around for my people” (Zephaniah 3:9). He’s a turnaround God. He turns Red Seas into dry pathways, He turns five loaves and two fish into dinner for thousands, and He turns skin filled with leprosy into skin as clear as a baby’s. When thoughts tell you, “Your situation is permanent. You’ll never get out of this problem,” get ready. A turnaround is coming. God is about to turn sickness into health, addiction into freedom, lack into abundance, struggle into ease.
This is what God said about Zerubbabel: “So, big mountain, who do you think you are? Next to Zerubbabel you’re nothing but a molehill” (Zechariah 4:7). Mountains represent permanent, immovable obstacles. Depression can be a mountain, or people at work who are not for you, or an illness, debt, lack, an addiction. Now, this is a new day. God is about to flatten that mountain into a molehill. He’s about to remove some obstacles. What used to hold you back is not going to limit you anymore. People who weren’t for you will suddenly be out of your path. God turned it around. That mountain of loneliness is about to become a molehill. The right person is going to find you–a divine connection, someone better than you’ve imagined.
You have to receive this by faith. This won’t do you any good if you think your situation will never turn around. You can cancel out what God wants to do by doubt, by negative thinking. Why don’t you be a believer and not a doubter? Get in agreement with God and say, “Father, I believe that You promise a turnaround is coming in my health, my finances, my relationships, my career. I believe You will turn this mountain into a molehill.”
In the Scripture, David went through a lot of unjust opposition, betrayals, lonely nights, had a little baby boy die. He could have lived discouraged and bitter. But he said, “God, You have turned my mourning into dancing. You have turned my sorrow into joy” (Psalm 30:11). David understood that we serve a turnaround God. We will go through loss, disappointments, and unfair things, but that’s not how our story ends–a turnaround is coming. God won’t keep you from every mountain, but He promises to turn the sorrow into joy, the mountain to a molehill. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy is coming in the morning. You’re going to see the hand of God do things that are unusual, uncommon, out of the ordinary. You’re coming into a turnaround season.
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