God speaks in repetition and the message I keep hearing through scripture, the Holy Spirit, and by spiritual mentors and friends… Is, “Bad things happen! Life is hard! God has never promised he would remove the storms, but that He’d walk through every single storm with us!”
God is everywhere… EVERYWHERE! In our homes, offices, at Walmart, on the interstate, in the ICU, He’s everywhere! He never leaves us and never forsakes us.
Friends, please remember this, when you’re facing insurmountable mountains and trials! Trust me, I know this from personal experience! In the scariest and most uncertain places of our lives, Satan will work overtime on our vulnerable hearts and minds. It’s his agenda! He wants to lure us away in our weakened state of suffering, this is when we’re most susceptible and Satan is clever. After all, he tempted Jesus after he had fasted fourty days and nights. He attacked when he knew good and well that Jesus was at His weakest. Thankfully, Jesus is the victor over Satan and drew his strength from His Father in Heaven! Be alert and recognize the enemy’s evil schemes. He ATACKS hardest when we’re at our weakest!
Remember… Satan attacks hardest when we’re … Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired, & Sick or Sad. “HALTS!”
When we’re walking through the hardest trials, the one’s we prayed and pleaded for God to remove; the cancer, the loss of a loved one, unemployment, divorce, wayward spouses and children, broken relationships, etc… God is walking right beside us! He’s our strength, comfort, wisdom, and Waymaker.
He is our ever-present help in times of trouble! Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” He is mindful of our suffering and our struggles, he genuinely loves and cares about our hearts. Psalm 8:3 & 4 “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”
When my sweet little girl was being life-lined to the PICU at All Children’s hospital in critical condition… There was a point when seeing her suffer was entirely more than I could handle. At one point I wanted to run away… my heart couldn’t handle seeing my baby girl so sick. In this moment, I was just plain out honest with God… “God, I can’t stand seeing my baby this sick! I need you to hold me up! Be my strength! Lord, please!” Immediately, a whole new strength and supernatural endurance showed up! I became her strength, encourager, and walked her through the hardest and most frightening moments. This was only possible, because God was holding me up and walking with me through the trial! She doesn’t know about my weak moment, all she knows is I was her safe place and I was taking care of her every need and praying for her fervently! She saw Jesus’s strength through her momma! She saw the prayers and the answered prayers! God is so good!
I hate to be the bearer of bad news…
Friends, life will give you more than you can handle! Time and time again this awful truth will ring true! Life will never give us more than we can handle when we’re clinging to Jesus in the midst of the storms! This is our one true promise and assurance! Our “Blessed Assurance”!
Cling to Him today! He’s got you! He’s got your baby! He’s got your spouse! He’s got all your needs taken care of! He’s right there with you! Always!