Simple words splatter the walls of our homes and offices. No longer do we only decorate with beautiful painted pictures, but with simple words. Words causing you to pause and think. Words that shift your perspective. Words that make a declaration about your life.
Just one word is powerful enough to change your direction.
I have meaningful signs in most rooms of my house. There perched above the cabinet in the sunroom is the word, “RELAX”. High above on the cathedral bathroom shelf is the word, “BELIEVE”. The kitchen wall reminds me to: “ENJOY THIS DAY; BE PRESENT; BREATHE DEEPLY; SHOW GRATITUDE. The nearby candle glows with JOY.
As I was reading the Old Testament Bible story it was just one word that gripped me. There stuck in the midst of the story was the outstanding, “NEVERTHELESS”. What did it have to do with the story?
“The king and his men marched to Jerusalem in attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, ‘You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.’ They thought, “David cannot get in here. NEVERTHELESS, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.” 2 Sam. 5:6-7
NEVERTHELESS! It didn’t matter what they thought or said, David did it anyway. A few verses later we understand the how.
David became more and more powerful,
because the Lord God Almighty was with Him.” 2 Sam. 5: 10
God had called, appointed, anointed and positioned David. His hand was upon David’s life and he had success in everything that He did. He didn’t let the words and thoughts of anyone control him. The words of others didn’t deter him, discourage him, or cause him to waver. He believed what God said.
And what about us? Why do we allow the taunting words of the enemy stop us? Why do we give into fear and bow to his voice? And yes, the voice of the enemy can be expressed through those around us?
“It can never be done.”
“It’s too late.”
“You’re too old.”
“Things will never be any different.”
“If it hasn’t worked by now, you might as well give up.”
Let’s put an overarching sign over our lives...”NEVERTHELESS”
The enemy lied; NEVERTHELESS, she did it anyway, because the Lord God Almighty was with her.