How Do We Know God Will Be There When We Struggle?
We live in a crazy, unpredictable and evil world, yet we can count on God’s love and presence in our lives continually. A true friend stands by you when life gets difficult, and Jesus calls us His friends (John 15:15-16).
Transforming STORMS of Life into Seasons of BLESSING
When life is going smoothly, we can reason intellectually that God is faithful. Our theology can be perfect. We may theoretically understand that God is Who He says He is.
But when adversity strikes we are able to experience first-hand God’s faithfulness in our lives. Our theories become tangible as the Lord personally carries us through the storm. As a result of walking through the storm with the Lord, we not only mentally know that God is faithful, we also know it “by heart.”
When we are in the middle of a painful episode in our life we need to be continually reminded of three principles regarding God’s faithfulness. Included are references to back them up.
God is always faithful.
- II Timothy 2:13
- Psalm 119:75
God’s faithfulness OFTEN delivers us from adversity.
- Psalm 34:4, 6-7, 19
- Isaiah 46:3,4
God’s faithfulness ALWAYS sustains us through adversity.
- Psalm 23:1-5
- Isaiah 43:2
- Hebrews 4:16
These verses tell us that our wonderful Lord is always faithful to us through the trials of life. He is faithful in His attitude toward us, His actions toward us, and He faithfully works on our behalf during times of duress.
The Lord loves to carry us through adversity because He carries us close to him. God tells us in Isaiah 46:3, that he has carried us from the womb and even through our old age. He says, “I will bear you! I have done it and I will carry you; and I will bear you, and I will deliver you.” He carries us through our trials holding us close to his heart.
The Lord can quickly deliver us from our troubles, but he often allows her trials to endure for a long time as we cling to Jesus, he continues to demonstrate his faithfulness to us during those seemingly endless days. Though the Lord has not promised to keep us from stormy seas, he has promised that he will always bring us to safe harbor.
by Judy Gerry
I know every bird of the mountains. (Psalm 50:11)
All that moves in the meadow is mine; (Deuteronomy 22:6, 7)
Involved in each life I am counting- (Matthew 10:30)
Compassionate, loving and kind. (Psalm 145:16, 17)
I placed all the stars in the heavens, (Psalm 147:4)
I numbered and measured each light. (Jeremiah 31:37)
With care each name has been given. (Psalm 147:4)
In love they illumine the night. (Psalm 136:9)
So why cry this strange accusation
That you are abandoned, alone? (Matthew 28:20)
Concerned for each bit of creation, (Matthew 10:29-31)
I tenderly nurture my own. (Isaiah 49:14-16)
Just watch the birds fly in the morning, (Psalm 50:11)
And see the stars wink in the night. (Jeremiah 31:35)
View nature as objects for learning. (Matthew 6:26-33)
You can trust me with all of your life. (Psalm 71:5, 6)
This blog is an excerpt from Judy Gerry’s, Facing Adversity- Transforming the Storms of Life into Seasons of Blessings. Facing Adversity is an 8-week Bible study endorsed by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (Wolgermuth), Tom Elliff, and Sammy Tippit.
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