“My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6
“The Lord’s mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.” Charles H. Spurgeon
At this time, you may or may not be in the middle of a trial. Now may be the time for you to minister to someone, and to offer the comfort that you have received from God during your difficult season so they may feel the love of God through you (2 Corinthians 1:4).
Pray and ask God how you can show love in a real and tangible way to the people in your life who are struggling. Bring them a meal, write them an encouraging note, take their children so they can have a night out, or pray with them. Ask God how to help them. He will tell you!
Also, if you are in the middle of a difficult season, pray and ask the Lord to minister to your heart. Ask him for the faith and strength to endure with grace. If you are struggling, pray with your husband or call a friend to pray with you.
We are not meant to be alone when we are struggling. When we isolate ourselves, Satan can tempt us to lose faith and become truly discouraged.
- It’s time to meet with your Savior! Grab your Bible, a pen, a candle, your journal, something delicious to drink and go to the place where you like to meet with God.
- Read Job 1:20-22 and write it in your journal. Read the whole chapter if you have time.
The Broken Place
What a powerful passage that shows an amazing response to suffering! When tragedy came to Job, he fell down and worshipped God!
I have walked with many of my sweet friends while they have had to endure suffering of some kind- cancer, loss of small children, loss of adult children, financial difficulty, constant pain and illness, divorce, widowhood, and dealing with adult children who no longer believe in God. In each case, we have prayed, believed, and kept going.
We have brought meals, given financial assistance, visited hospitals, cared for children, and attended funerals. We asked for healing in Jesus name, prayed scripture, and were so blessed to be a part of larger, emergency prayer meetings in certain situations.
The sad fact that is that not everyone is healed. Sometimes people die. Sometimes bad things happen to good people.
Why does God allow suffering? I don’t know, but I do know that we can trust God. No matter what things look like from our earthly perspective, we can trust the One who put the moon and stars in place (Psalm 8:3). He is great and worthy to be praised (Psalm 145:3).
Job knew this truth and did not blaspheme God when everything was taken from him. Instead, he worshiped. In all of this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
I can’t even imagine the sorrow Job felt, but I pray I may trust God, praise Him, and worship Him in the midst of the storm.
This is the broken place; heaven is the place for perfection.
May the Lord give us strength and faith to keep trusting and keep believing even in the midst of the storm.
Questions to Ponder
- Looking back over your life, can you think of how your difficulties made you more Christ-like? Are you more patient? More humble? Do you have a deeper faith in God?
- If not, why? Are you struggling with feelings of anger or disappointment with God? Pray and ask God to help you to let go of it. Ask Him to heal your pain and memories and to start each day with a heart that trusts it’s healing to God.
- Write down 5 of your blessings. Thank God for each of them as well as His constant love and care for you.
Don’t give up! Keep going one day at a time- from strength to strength. You are not meant to stay in your trials, only pass through. Stay in faith and choose to trust God. Turn your trial into “a place of springs” by focusing on the Lord and remembering that He is with you.
- Memorize Psalm 62:5-6. Record it on your phone or write it on your index card spiral and keep it somewhere you will see if often.
Trust him to carry you through your trials! “As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion,” (Psalm 84:6-8).
I love the song, “It is well,” by Bethel music. It has a simple, yet beautiful message about the source of the “true” wellness of our souls.
1. What helps you to trust God and make it through a difficult time?
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I remember going into my daughter's room night after night and kneeling beside her bed and crying my heart out to God because I didn’t know how to be a Christian mom; I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. You know what? God is so faithful! He answered me and simply said, “Spend time with me, Deb.” And so I did. I began arising 15-30 minutes earlier each day so I could read my Bible and pray, and plan out my day with my family.
If there was one thing I would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!
Randy and I have been married for 28 years and we have two grown children, Christie, and Jack, and one answer to prayer son-in-law named Alex. And now I get to be a Gigi to my sweet little grandbaby, Aspen! Yay!