Finding Strength In Tough Times
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”(Deuteronomy 31:6)
Tough times come to all of us and can come for a variety of reasons. Day to day living, decision making, health issues, anxiety, job worries, financial situations....the list is endless and depends on what each individual person is going through at any given time. When tough times happen, we often feel as if we are at sea floating all alone. Tough times are universal, however. As humans, we all experience them. Today's scripture is a powerful reminder to me that, during whatever tough times life may bring, we are not alone. The Lord our God is with us. He goes with us through the difficulties and is right by our side strengthening and sustaining us. Sometimes, because of our humanness, it is hard to "feel" the Lord beside us. During these times, we must rely on faith and not on feeling. Easier said than done, I know. Because, I have been there many times. I remember when my husband went through a very difficult heart surgery. I was stressed to the max and full of fear. I had faith....but, I just couldn't seem to "feel" God with me. I remember a family member telling me that I had to "allow God to take care of things." It was hard to understand what this meant at the time. But, I came to realize that I was trying to be the one in control, rather than letting God be in control. God was in total control during my husband's surgery and recovery. But, I wanted to be the one in control. When I was able to "let go and let God" I was able to relax more. I continue to struggle with this even today. It is human to want to be in control of our life situations. This scripture reminds me, and can remind all of us, that God will never fail or forsake us. I hope that today you are not experiencing tough times. But, if you are, take hope in the fact that you are not alone. God is fully present with you in whatever you may be going through.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2
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