You wonder just how much more you can take. Your strength is gone, troubles surround you, and you wish you could catch your breath. Every direction you look there is something you can’t control. One more thing and you will certainly collapse under the stress. What should you do at this point? I can’t exactly tell you, but here are some things you should know.
#1 YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Often we think we’re the only ones with trials and troubles. At some point, we start thinking we must have done something wrong and God is punishing us. Yes, poor decisions bring consequence. However, difficulty comes to us all. The rich, poor, right, or wrong all face a daily dose of challenges. Jesus told “In this life we would have trouble, but to take heart because he has overcome this life.”
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9
#2 THIS TOO SHALL PASS. I’ve found it comforting to know that everything this side of Heaven is simply a season. Things won’t always be this way. You won’t always feel what you feel right now. (Revelation 21:4) Tells us
One day, there will be no more hurt, pain, heartache, or suffering. For the old order of things will have passed away. “
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
#3 GOD IS WITH YOU. One of the greatest promises made to every believer is that God is with us. He is with us through the good, bad, and ugly. God has promised to never leave, nor forsake you. You may feel you’re sitting in that bed crying tears alone, but God is there holding you. You may feel you are in a battle all by yourself, but God is fighting for you. You may lose everything and everyone that you hold dear in this life, but God will never leave your side. Write it down, bank on it, and don’t ever forget it.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
#4: GOD WILL SUPPLY YOUR EVERY NEED. Whether its strength, protection, provision, patience, or an outright miracle God will supply your every need. I had doubts recently about some things and God reminded me of some things. “Who gave you that job? Who gave you those children? Who kept that car running? Who paid those bills before? Who made a way where there seemed to be no way? Who? At that moment, my faith was strengthened by knowing that God has and always will supply my every need.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
If you’re like most, life has knocked you down a time or two. Especially in the lowest of valleys we have to know God is with us, He will supply our every need, our struggles will not last forever, and we’re not the only ones with problems. Hope this has encouraged you in some way.
For weekly encouragment with other believers join me @ Refuge Church. We meet every Sunday night 6p.m. @ the Colleton Recreation Center. (280 Recreation Lane, Walterboro, SC 29488)