Saturday, January 5, 2013

God’s Help in the Dark Times of Life

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.  –Psalm 46:1-3

Have you ever had a day so filled with stress you wondered how you would get through it?  If so you are in good company, for most of us can relate to such struggles.  I was watching news video the other night of the aftermath of the recent hurricane on the east coast and I was trying to get my mind around how difficult it would be to rebuild after such destruction.  The images showed rubble strewn everywhere, homes knocked off their foundations, and shocked looking people rummaging through the debris that had once been their lives.  As I watched this, my heart went out to them and I pray those affected will somehow be able to move forward.  I also considered how these images are illustrative of life and how problems, stress, crises, and daily frustrations can leave us shell-shocked and exhausted. 

The good news is that we have a divine resource in God, who the Bible says is a present help in trouble.  If we allow bitterness to set in we quickly dismiss such a thought.  In our anger and frustration we are tempted to either lash out at God or deny Him altogether for allowing such destruction and problems to come about in the first place.  Indeed, we live in a troubled world filled with evil.  The age-old question of why God allows suffering continues to haunt many people.  Unless we can by faith trust God and move forward toward a brighter day promised in God’s Word we will end up consumed by anger.  The result is sorrow compounded by an inability to move forward.  Countless people remain stranded in a no-man’s land of unhappiness, unable to grow personally and experience the joy the Lord intends for us to have.

“Joy?” you say.  “How can I have joy in the middle of all these problems I am facing?”  The answer rests in Jesus Christ.  Jesus came so we might have life, peace, hope, and strength in the midst of our struggles.  Problems and difficulties are not going to go away in this life, yet we can experience true joy even in our darkest days.  Joy comes in knowing the Lord is with us, He has a plan, God has not abandoned us, and there is hope for a better day.  Faith in Christ has an energizing affect upon us as we daily walk with Lord.  We are no longer facing the storms of life in our strength, but rather we are facing the trials of life in the power God provides.  This spiritual power is available to all who by faith believe on the Lord.

Whatever you are facing today, know that the Lord has a plan, He will give strength, and you can come through stronger and able to face whatever lies ahead. 
Keep looking up, do not give up, and do not surrender to hopelessness. 
There is hope, for the Lord has promised. 
Through Christ we overcome the tallest mountain.
Through Christ we stand when we feel like giving up.
In Jesus we rise up and take hold of the abundant life He has promised.

God bless you today.