God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
We all go through hard times whether it’s loneliness, sickness, financial stress, relationship problems or whatever else may come against you in life. And we all go through seasons. We have seasons of trials and difficulties and seasons of abundance and peace. Even though we can’t control these seasons or prevent trials and difficulties, we can be sure of one thing: we are never alone. God is our refuge and He is our strength. When we’re in trouble, He’ll always be there to strengthen us and give us peace, and eventually, bring us out of the trouble.
Many times when we’re going through something difficult we think we’re alone, that God has turned His back on us or maybe that He’s punishing us for something. But as I said in my blog post on Wednesday, God isn’t mad at you and He rarely punishes His children – only if we’re unrepentant. God also never turns His back on us because in Scripture He promises that He will never leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5).
God makes it clear throughout His Word that He wants us to run to Him whenever we’re in trouble. Think of it this way, if you’re a parent, don’t you want your child to come to you if he/she is afraid or upset? Or think of when you were a child (if you had loving parents anyway), didn’t you run to your parent(s) when you were in trouble (unless you were in trouble with your parents)? How much more, then, does God want us to come to Him! He is our Heavenly Father and no matter how good or bad your parents may have been, God is the best Father in the universe (no offense to my own dad who is the best human dad ever) and He always wants to take care of us. No problem is too small for Him to care, no problem too big for Him to solve.
I pray that as you go about your weekend you will remember that God is in control and if you go through a time of trial or testing, if you have a problem or come under spiritual attack, run to your Heavenly Father! He is there for you and He loves you more than you know!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)