“But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; YOU ARE MINE. 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.For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” Is. 43;1-3a
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war should rise against me, In this I will be confident. One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.” Psalm 27:1-6
The only true and lasting comfort in a world laden with destructions and difficulties is KNOWING that there is a God that is in control, that you are seen by Him, deeply loved by Him, and that He has a plan to turn all things for the good.
As I have stood for years and watched the hand of God fight for my life and the lives of my children, there have been periods of time that I have questioned all of His attributes and so much more. I do believe that going through that questioning process is normal, expected, and very healthy for the believer but it is usually NOT pretty to watch. In fact, it is downright painful to watch (so subsequently, it is often condemned by those afraid of it). I believe those times, however unflattering, can solidify for you a place of complete peace in Jesus. They can confirm exactly what you might be questioning….. that there is a God, that you do need Him, and that He is trustworthy, loving, good, capable, and willing. They can if you allow them to.
Even recently, as He has been working at an even deeper level in me, I have found myself panicking over things “I” thought had been dealt with; only to watch Him using those circumstances to RESET my true north again. Aligning me with His heartbeat, His sufficiency and bringing me back to a heart of worship, need, and expression of gratefulness. Don’t get me wrong, I still had some very unflattering “freak out” moments, but I am learning to not be afraid of this valuable human/Divine process and give myself some grace. I even felt more liberty to reach out to friends that I trust “get it” and wouldn’t condemn me and ask for the desperate support that I needed.
As you walk through the countless hardships of this life, keep in the forefront of your mind that you belong to somebody other than those who raised you. You belong to the God of the universe and He has called you by name. Though you may not be able to wrap your brain around what is happening in your life right now, wrap your heart around Him instead. Embrace Him and cry out to Him with your heart. Cry out to the One who promises to never leave you and the One who has hidden you in complete victory in Christ. He will help you. I am living proof!
You may have times in your life when you lose your footing or loosen your grip on Him, but He will never let go of you. He even promises….“if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
2 Tim 13
He will never let go of you; You are His!
I highly recommend the original and full length version of this song by Matt Redmond on www.youtube.com. Due to copyrighted material, it may be difficult to find.