This week began with a sense of incredible relief. We’ve come through a long season of waiting – of asking God for something, of acknowledging His sovereign will over our lives, of wondering what He is trying to teach us…and wanting to hurry up and learn the lesson! I’m sure you’ve been there at some point in your life!
Over the weekend we saw God answer our request!* He promises sweet deliverance when we trust and obey – and it is truly a sweet time at our house right now! The long struggle we endured isn’t far from my mind, though. Those hard times are not always fun, but they leave us with confidence that God’s love and grace carries us through every. single. thing. that we endure. Over the last two weeks (the hardest in the trial) I came across a particular passage of Scripture from various sources. The most impactful came as I watched someone share their testimony during my usual Saturday night Southern Gospel marathon on You Tube. I typed it out and placed these words on my breakfast bar so I could read them every day. Last week was not my favorite, but it was filled with hope! Here’s the testimony and the Scripture that kept appearing during the past few weeks:
No matter what situation you have in your life, God isn’t mad at you. God is using those things to be faith builders in your life – so that every day you can realize that He alone is all that you need. Our hope isn’t in what anyone else has to say – the Bible says our help and our hope is in the Name of the Lord. That’s why James wrote that when we’re in trouble we are to humble ourselves and pray – and the Lord said, “I’ll hear you. I’ll help you in your time of trouble.” (James 4:6-8) Whatever is going on in your life that you’re worried about, keep your faith and trust in God. Keep your little hand in His big hand and remember that Jesus said…
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God!” – Isaiah 43:1-3
If you find yourself in the midst of a hard trial today, find hope and encouragement from those words!
*I am not pregnant. It has nothing to do with that. Just wanted to clear that up. 🙂