“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
In difficult times we must look to the Lord. He never forgets us or our circumstance. We may have to entertain for a while real pressure of circumstance, but we are not on our own. The Lord is right there with us even though we may not comprehend it and perhaps for some of us, question His Presence. No, the Lord allows the trials of life that affect all people as He says in 1 Corinthians 10: 13:-
No temptation (or trial) has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted (or tried) beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Difficulty and suffering are a part of the Christian life and must be faced squarely with the wisdom of God from one’s own heart and the hearts of others who may be supporting us. This provides the right base for hope as it will bring in the positive elements we ourselves may not be seeing at that moment of time. The Word of God gives us an unchangeable foundation to place our viewpoint for the future. We are not a people of fate or chance. We are a people of faith, hope and God’s love (1 Cor. 13: 13) because He is always for us and not against us. It is so vital for us to keep hoping in God always. He is good. We may feel that truth is being severely challenged but we must hold on to it come what may. The devil is a liar and will point to our pain. That is not a ground to believe him! No, again: God is good.
The Lord is interested in our strength of character and spiritual resilience. This is clear in Scripture:-
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. (Ephesians 6:10)
We are not called upon to be strong in ourselves but in the Lord, i.e., to strongly depend upon Him. This is more an issue of will than anything else. A determination to keep looking to the Lord is a good habit. Hold on to His promises and the declarations of truth in Scripture. It is a good place to make your spiritual stand, so to speak.
What God has done for others as found in the Bible or by the testimonies you know tell us God is unchangeable. He will turn up! He may seem long but he wants us to be stretched sometimes. Don’t let go of your hope therefore. Here is true perseverance when circumstances are severe!
Others can help us but let your heart settle into the Lord for yourself in the process. That must be the aim. There is great reward in proving the faithfulness of God.
God bless you.
Pastor Keith Pascoe