As we go through life, every single one of us will face challenges, difficulties and roadblocks. It’s merely a fact of life. None of us are exempt from it. When tough times arrive, we might need to re-arrange our schedules or adjust our plans.
The fact that we encounter adversity is not nearly so important as the way we choose to deal with it. When tough times arrive, we have a clear choice: we can begin the difficult work of tackling our troubles…or allow them to sink us.
But when we ask the Lord to give us courage and remain steadfast in His word, knowing that He is with us, the troubles we bear trustfully can bring us a fresh vision of God and a new outlook on life – an outlook of peace and hope.
As believers, we know that God loves us and that He will protect us. In times of hardship, He will comfort us; in times of sorrow, He will dry our tears. When we are troubled, weak, or sorrowful, God is always…not just when it’s convenient for Him… always with us.
We must build our lives on the rock that cannot be shaken: we must trust in God. Then, and only then will we get on with the hard work of tackling our problems – because if we don’t – who will?
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:2-3 NKJV
Dear friend, although you may not know it, the sermon of your life in tough times has more capacity to minister to people more powerfully than the most eloquent speaker. I speak from experience!
May you continue to trust in the only one who can give you faith, hope and love.
Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.