There are points in life when we are hurting, the situation is clearly outside our control, and we can't detect so much as a glimmer of relief for the future. At times like that, what can we be sure of?
• God is with us in our troubles. Our heavenly Father comforts us through His Holy Spirit. Because He knows each of His children intimately, He provides whatever is needed in a given situation. The Lord wants us to be mindful of His constant presence so we'll know we are never alone. And awareness of His love and strength will undergird us with a sense of security. God understands what it is like to suffer, to be rejected, or to lose a loved one. He comprehends the temptations and obstacles we face. He has assigned Himself the task of carrying His children's burdens (Ps. 68:1-9) and offers peace for our hurting hearts. The God who walks with us can't be hindered or limited by anything, so we need not be afraid (Matt. 19:26).
• God has a purpose for allowing trials. This is clearly seen in the story of Joseph, whose brothers sold him into slavery. God, however, had planned that those years would prepare the young man to become Egypt's prime minister. Joseph could not see God's purpose-and neither will we, most of the time-but he knew the Lord's character and trusted Him. Joseph's faith was rewarded when he was able to rescue his family (Gen. 45:1-8).
We are called to live a life of faith. That means we're to believe God's promises even when our circumstances confound us. When troubles surround you, remember what is true. God will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5), and His good purposes will always be carried out (Prov. 19:21).
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