Rise To The Occasion

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Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.  But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.    Ps 68:1, 3, KJV

In the greatness of your majesty, you overthrow those who rise against you.    Exodus 15:7

The Louisville Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship after their star point guard Kevin Ware went down with a gruesome leg injury during one of the tournament games.  As he lay on the floor in obvious pain, his words to his coach and is teammates were “I’ll be OK . . . Just win the game.” His teammates compensated for his absence, rallied from double-digit deficits in almost every game, and rose to the occasion by defeating Michigan in a thrilling final.  Their motto was “Rise to the occasion.”

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God has an uncanny ability; He has the ability to rise to the occasion. God can and God will rise to any and every occasion, whatever the occasion may be.  He will rise.  When the children of Israel cried unto God because of their malicious and malevolent taskmasters, God came down and rose to the occasion.  When Leah was hated by Jacob and mistreated by Laban, God rose to the occasion. When wicked Haman plotted against the people of God and tried to rise against them to destroy them, God rose to the occasion.

God is omniscient, He is omnipotent, and He is omnipresent.  He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. There is no situation that He is not aware of; no confrontation that he cannot handle, and no place He cannot arrive at just in time.  He is the Almighty God. The Eternal, Everlasting God.  He cannot lie. What He says He will do, and He will do just what He says. 

God will rise to every occasion. Martin Luther King Jr. said that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Where ever there is sickness or sadness, poverty or pestilence, oppression or repression, God will descend from the Heavens and rise to the occasion.

God will right every wrong. Every form of oppression will be overthrown, be it racism or sexism or ageism. God came to overthrow all “isms.”  God called Abraham at the age of 75 to debunk ageism; God called a woman called Deborah to be the Judge of Israel to debunk sexism; and God called a woman named Ruth, a Moabite from the other side of the tracks, to marry Boaz and be the ancestress of Jesus Christ to debunk racism.  The words of the great writing prophet are true:“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:  And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed . . .” (Isaiah 40:4-5a, KJV).

Oh belittled and beleaguered believer, rest assured that God will rise to your occasion. He rose to the occasion for Moses and the children of Israel when they needed a way out of Egypt and a way through the Red Sea.  God rose to the occasion for Elijah when he sent fire from heaven on top Mt Carmel. He rose to the occasion for Joshua and the walls of Jericho came ‘a tumbling down.  You can rise to the occasion just like the Louisville Cardinals did. And God will rise to the occasion for you.

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