Your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me! (Psalm 40:11b ESV)
Throughout various events we experience we don't always comprehend what is happening in our lives. Life changes. Situations change. People come and people go but God remains God. It seems our lives are always changing and we are always having to adjust to the situation at hand be it job changes, new beginnings, births or someone going home to be with the Lord.
Unbelievers experience frustration and set backs just as believers do. Everybody has challenge and struggles to deal with. Recent reports indicate that persons who pray regularly appear to have a different security than those who do not. They seem to have a hope and a confidence with peace of mind when they are struggling with problems. Why is that?
It would seem to me first and foremost that Christians seek God's hope and security in good times and bad. And, hopefully, a Christian will realize that whatever befalls them God already knows how to show us how to live by faith knowing God has a plan for us in this situation. For the Christian who practices dependence upon the Lord there are certainties in their approach to life:
- God is in control
- He does not waiver
- He is faithful
- He loves us
- He gives us refuge and hope in times of trouble and despair
- He will never leave us or forsake us
Struggling in life allows us to draw on God's strength and peace. It shows us that our situation, no matter how it appears to us, will provide us more opportunity to know our Lord's caring touch is upon us. Throughout our struggle, whatever it is, we can know God is our refuge and our beloved Father. And, as a father watches over his children, our Lord watches over us with every breath we take and every step we make. God truly and genuinely cares for each of us and He is faithful to keep us as we turn our faces towards Him and seek His guidance.
Oh, that I would strive to be as faithful to the Lord as He has been to me. Oh, that I would not doubt or fear but that I would completely trust Him in whatever comes my way. Oh, that my faith would expand and enlarge until I would not fear when I am shaken by life's trials and hardships.
But the Lord is faithful and He has mercy on me and you Christian friend. Even when we fear, there is no reason to fear. Even when we feel alone, we are not alone; for He is our steadfast hope, our reason to rejoice, our peace, our love, and our Redeemer no matter what comes into our lives. —Frances Loftiss Carroll
Thank you Lord. I give thanks to you in all things and praise your holy name. Thank you Lord for the gift of salvation through your grace. Amen.