I am sure you have heard the expression “It is what it is.” You may have even used it yourself. Often people say this when frustrated by a situation perceived to be unchangeable. However, you don’t have to accept defeat, nor do you have to settle for less. By faith, speak to your situation. By faith, you can change what is into what you want it to be. This is what God did when He created the universe.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.Genesis 1:1-3
The universe was empty. The only thing that existed was empty space and darkness. If God had said, “Wow, it is so dark,” nothing would have changed. If God had said, “It is what it is,” the universe would have remained dark and you and I would not be here. Rather than speak what He saw, God spoke what He wanted to see. He wanted to see light. Therefore, speaking with faith, God called forth light. He believed that what He said would happen, and it did.
In 2 Corinthians 4:13, we are told that we have that same spirit of faith. Like God, we are speaking spirits. Since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also should believe and therefore speak. We are the only species on earth that uses words to communicate. That is because we are like Him. In Psalms 82:6, God called people gods—the children of the Most High. God desires that His children rule and reign in life.
By faith, God spoke galaxies into existence. By faith, we can speak our world into existence. You can change your situation by adding words to your faith. What are you saying about your situation? Are you saying it is what is and expecting your situation to somehow change?
One day Jesus and His disciples were traveling from Bethany to Jerusalem when Jesus got hungry. He saw a fig tree in the distance but when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves. Jesus cursed the fig tree saying, “No man eat fruit from you hereafter forever.”
The next day, Jesus and His disciples passed by the fig tree and saw that it had dried up from the roots. Peter said, “Rabbi, look! “The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” Jesus answered, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says (Mark, chapter 11 KJV).
Jesus was illustrating how faith works together with your words. In addition to having faith, you have to speak to your situation. When you have pain in your body, don’t call it what it is. Call it what you want it to be. If you go around all day saying, “My back is killing me,” your back will never get better. Instead of going around talking about your pain, start talking about how God delivered you from your pain. Your intellect will tell you, “It is what it is, so stop complaining and deal with it!” That’s because the natural mind cannot comprehend faith. Faith believes what it cannot see, whereas, the natural mind believes only what it can see.
In Numbers, chapter 21, the children of Israel started grumbling against God and Moses. They were discouraged because the terrain was rugged and they had exhausted their food and water reserves. They asked Moses, “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? We don’t have any bread, we don’t have any water, and we loathe this worthless bread that God gives us to eat.” When God heard the people complaining, He told Moses to gather them together at the well in Beer and He would give them water. However, when they came to the well, it was empty. Then Moses commanded them, saying, “Sing to the well.” Sing, “Spring up O well.” As they were singing, suddenly water began to spring up out of the empty well.
The next time you are faced with a situation that appears to be unchangeable, don’t say “it is what it is.” Have faith in God and speak to your situation. Rather than call it as it is, call it what you want it to be. Your friends might say it is what it is, but don’t surrender your faith. Keep believing God and call it what you want it to be.