Yesterday was a hard day. There is just so much sin and hurt in this fallen world. There is so much pain. There is so much loss and grief and discouragement. My heart aches for the brokenness that is so evident everywhere I look. This whole earth is groaning and crying out for it’s Savior.
Do you see that too? Do you see loved ones dealing with loss and grief? Do you see sickness, pain, and suffering? Do you see discouragement and hopelessness? Do you see relationships falling apart and the scars left from that? Maybe you are the one in the midst of all of the trials? I’ve been there too.
I was confronted head on with all of this hurt in so many situations yesterday with several friends and loved ones dealing with very difficult tribulations. My heart breaks a little with each situation. And honestly, it’s easy to look around at all that is going on in this life and in this fallen world and get a little discouraged. It’s tempting to turn my eyes away from God and get overwhelmed with the way sin and hurt is wrecking so much.
But, when I keep my eyes fixed firmly on my Savior, Redeemer, Comforter, Friend, Father, Deliverer, Strongtower, and Help; I can see His mighty hand at work in the midst of each situation. He is right there. He is in the midst going to battle for us. He is busy working in our most difficult circumstances to soften hard hearts, reconcile broken relationships, comfort the grieving, and draw the lost to Him. He is hard at work uniting believers, encouraging the weary, giving hope, and strengthening us. He is pouring out grace, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, and love in our most desperate times. He is wrapping His arms of protection around us.
He is so good that when they enemy seeks to destroy, God is at work on our behalf to reconcile and redeem. He uses the schemes of the enemy to draw us closer to Him and build our faith. He is so Holy that He is moving in each trial to work it out for our ultimate good and His ultimate glory. His Love is so great that in the midst of our hardest battles, He provides comfort, peace, and joy.
As I sat this morning, reading in Psalms, I was reminded over and over again how God is with us through all that we face. In case you are in that place, or in case you want to provide encouragement and direction for someone who is, I wanted to point out some scripture that really spoke to me today in my reading.
Psalm 25:15-17 “My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.”
Psalm 25:4-6 “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.”
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.”
Psalm 31:24 “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”
Psalm 32:7 “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
Psalm 33:11 “But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”
He is there. In the middle of all of the messes that we deal with, He is our hope. I’m so thankful that He loves us that much. We never face any situation on our own. He goes with us, giving us strength, love, protection, power, peace, comfort, wisdom, grace and mercy through the journey. Wow! What a God we serve!
Love and blessings,