Sue West

Sue West

“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8)

We have all known and recognized by personal experience that the mind is the believer’s battleground. It’s where we maintain our victory or where we fold in times of trial.

Everything around us can look contrary to what we would have it to be, as it was with Christ’s disciples. They were in a boat with waves crashing against it. The wind and the rain were turning the otherwise calm sea into complete madness. They were positively sure they would capsize until they looked to Jesus.

We read all through Scripture of men who were in danger and saved as they called out to Christ. In fact, the Apostle Paul gives a lengthy list of seemingly insurmountable obstacles he endured, and to add insult to injury, he was constantly faced with the care of the churches. At any time, he could have allowed negativity to overwhelm him, but he didn’t. He pressed on, knowing better days were ahead.

We read of Gideon threshing grain in the wine press while hiding from the Midianites. He asked the Lord the question we have all wondered at times: “And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us, and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of.” (Judges 6:13)

Lord if you’re with us, why have I endured such loss, why does this sickness keep coming back, why don’t my children do as they should? God, if I’m serving you why do I not have fluffy feelings and delirious happiness all the time? We can ask, why, why, why to a thousand different circumstances.

God, if you’re with us and we’re serving you, why are we bogged down with financial hardship, daily afflictions or loss of work? The test of faith we all must endure always comes in the way of unpleasant circumstances. Our faith does not grow in stagnant waters.

Paul wrote most of his epistles from Middle Eastern dungeons. John Bunyan wrote the Christian classic “Pilgrims Progress” from a jail cell in his hometown of Bedford, England. All great thought and writings come to us as we experience hardship and not because everything is perfect in our little world.

God is Sovereign, He’s in control, nothing takes Him by surprise. He knew what would happen before it happened and already made provision to sustain His own. Our trials are designed for one purpose; to wean us from the love of this present world.

If our lives were everything, we thought they should be, there would be no longing for something better. We would not consider and find hope in the afterlife. If God gave us everything, we wanted in this life it would destroy us. It would lead us further astray from His purposes.

The best thing we can do when enduring difficult times is give it all to Jesus and stop trying to figure out how to fix or escape it. If we fall while struggling, we do not endeavor to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps, (which is scientifically impossible).

We call out to Jesus just as all the saints did before us. We bow our heads in humble submission, asking only for His will to be done and for the grace to walk in obedience. Nothing can or will happen in this day that our God cannot see us through.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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