I have talked before about how trials can cloud our perspective. I think that’s especially true when we are in the midst of something that is ongoing, and there is no escaping it. You may be battered by illness, or anxiety. You may be enduring the scorching fire of angry, hurtful words from someone close. Maybe you feel the crashing waves of some other hardship washing over you and you feel as if you are drowning. But friend, whatever your trial or challenge is right now, your Heavenly Father is with you, holding you above the crashing waves so you will not drown. He promises you will not be burned as you walk through the fire. Oh we can certainly feel burnt, or as if we are drowning, but He will not let us be consumed. He is walking right beside us.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;” Isaiah 43:2-3a
How reassuring that whatever we may go through, God…the Creator of the Universe…is right by our side, holding us up! But we are human, and I’m so glad God understands that! Because so many times when we are in the midst of a trial, survival mode kicks in and we can become oh so self absorbed (raising my hand here!). The biblical Job lost all of his children, livestock, and his health. There wasn’t much more he could lose. He wanted to argue with the Almighty and demand He remove His hand (of trials) from him and answer him (Job 13:3, 20-22). Have you ever been there? It’s okay to get angry with God. He’s big. He can take it. But we are wise to not stay angry.
The remedy is time with Him in prayer and in His Word.
His ways are higher than our own (Read Isaiah 55:8-9). He wants his very best for his children. His vision and plan for each and every one of us is far greater than anything we could dream or plan for ourselves. The question is…are we willing to patiently endure the hard and difficult trials He allows in our lives and…Trust Him?
A few nights ago I went out to walk Riley after dark. While he was sniffing around, I looked up. Clouds had parted and I could see a few stars and the brightness of the moon. The night sky was so peaceful, I instantly felt calmer. I thought about the vastness of the sky, the billions of stars that were not visible to me, and how God has numbered and named them all. And I thought of how He is mindful of me…every little detail about me.
“He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.” Psalm 147:4
“Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing.” Isaiah 40:26
Friend, I am speaking to you right now. Look up. Look up and realize how big your God is, how good He truly is, and how very much He loves you. He. Is. With. You. You don’t even have to hold on if you’re too weary because He is holding you. All you have to do is lean into Him. Talk to Him, open His Word and be reminded of His promises. He’s got this. He’s got you.
There is so much more to this life…and the life to come, with Christ as our Savior…than our present circumstances. Yes, life can get horribly hard. But we have a strength beyond ourselves. We have His grace and help in our time of need.
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4: 16
The dark clouds will lift as we keep looking toward the Son.
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