“Will things ever get better?” “All I want is some calm and peace in my life.”
Does this sound familiar? Life can be so difficult. There is no easy road or detour through some of the challenges we must face. We often wonder what we did to deserve the things happening to us. Are we being punished for past mistakes? How did things get to this point? What did I do wrong? These are common questions that run through our head. However, these questions…these doubts…are the enemy’s way of altering our thinking. The enemy does everything he can, to keep us from seeking and trusting God. There is nothing we can ever do, that will alter the amount of unconditional love God has for us. God never leaves us. God does not punish us. God does not cause things to happen to us on purpose. Rather, things happen to us in the freedom that comes with the gift of life.
The questions of life have been around forever. We cannot give a clear answer to the ‘why’, but we can give a clear answer to ‘how’. How do you press through the difficulties? How do you persevere…even when you don’t see the end of the road? How do you find the strength to keep pressing on? JESUS. God became flesh on this earth, for this very reason. God gave us the most precious gift of His Son so that we could have the opportunity at eternal life, forgiveness, and hope. Jesus carried our sin…the world’s sin…to the cross. He died for us, and was resurrected…so that we could have the hope we have today. Jesus is that link between us in this world…and our Creator, our Heavenly Father. Anything that happens to us is never the last word. God is the deepest and last word. That word is love and eternal life with God. God loves us and is grieving with us in our pain. God is seeking us out, waiting for us to call on Him. Whisper in prayer to your Father, and ask Him to take over and help you. Reach for the hand of Jesus. Allow Jesus to walk you through the fires of life. You can face anything in this life when you allow God to be your source of hope.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. (content) He makes me lie down in green pastures. (peace) He leads me beside still waters, (Holy Spirit) He restores my soul. (grace) He guides me in paths of righteousness for His namesake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, (love and guidance) they comfort me. PSALM 23:1-4
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. JAMES 1:12-14
God is with us.
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