Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you”
Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”
Have you ever felt as if you could play the leading role in a film version of Erma Bombeck’s book “If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?” I don’t know about you but I have! I believe we all battle the daily onslaught of broken-down washing machines, sick children, bad news from the doctor, dead-end conversations, bewildering schedules, and financial disasters to name only a few. I’m sure you could add many more to this list. When difficulties come our way, we often ask God to remove them so we can be happy again. Sometimes He does rescue us from the troubles that bring us to our knees; however, many other times He doesn’t.
Often the hard times just keep on coming! When they do, we need to readjust our thinking. Instead of letting those trials turn us away from God, we should seek to have them lead us to trust Him even more. My brethren, when your life seems like the pits, remember that God knows us personally and intimately. He monitors our thoughts and feelings all the time. As King David declared, we can be sure that when we cry out to Him, He hears us (Psalm 18:6). He hears the shouts and the groans of our hearts. He knows when we are “broken” or “out of tune.” And when we call on Him, He knows exactly what we need. Are you facing a problem today? If so, cry out to the Lord and you can be sure that He will hear you.
One of the pitfalls of living in our very problematic world is that we can and many times we do become problem-centered rather than God-centered. When this happens, we lose the proper perspective and gradually all our problems begin to look huge and the strength of almighty God seems small. Instead of moving mountains by faith, we become constant worriers, creating mountains of needless pressure for ourselves and others. This reminded me of the apostle Paul as he traveled from town to town proclaiming the gospel, he faced opposition and desperate situations (2 Corinthians 4:8-10); 11:23-33). Time and time again he found help and hope by turning to the Lord.
So, how about you? How did you respond the last time something went wrong? Did you fall apart? If so, you need to ask God for patience and a positive perspective to handle life’s setbacks in a mature Christian way (James 1:2-5). When things go wrong and you think you’re in the pits, ask God for strength and wisdom and you can find the courage to keep going because God’s Eternal Word tells us His mercies and compassions are “new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23). And just as each new day presents us with a different challenge, the Lord reveals the beauty of His character, the fulfillment of His promises, and the tender provision of His grace. Then thank Him for working to increase your faith through these trials of life.
When you come through the tunnel of testing, you’ll shine brighter for the LORD.