Trouble or Call it What You May…

 

Dear brothers and sisters,

Life is hard! I was just telling God Thank You for His great love. Specifically His love for me through my eldest daughter. A light went on inside me and God gave me a new perspective on an old difficulty: ‘TROUBLE’. It is as ancient as breathing.

Trouble or call it what you may...

comes in bunches, in partners, in pairs

High-jacked by the enemy who comes
to kill, steal and destroy!

I will not give in to self-pity, I will not!

Feel sorry for myself?

No!I cannot.

 

Rather, I will embrace the very trials I would flee

For it these trials that draw Him near.

These troubles afford to me that which is sweeter, and higher, and more to be desired than gold!

For it is my hurt and discomfort which permits me to enjoy His comfort poured out on me. His healing for my hurts, His provision for my loss. He is my Rock, my Strong Tower, He is Love for all that feels unloved in me. He is perfect faithfulness for all the unfaithfulness that assaults us in this world.

He is my exceeding and great Reward! In His tender gentleness He carries me. He leans near and whispers His great love to my heart.

So unlike the world which is barren, unfruitful, unfulfilling and broken! He came to bring abundant Life. (most often I hear only the first part of John 10:10 quoted. This morning I heard the 'whole' verse speaking to me! May it bless you this day  and in your trouble may you know the Presence of Him who is sweeter, and higher, and nearer and dearer.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works. Psalm 73:28

A refuge is needed when there is trouble of one kind or another. Is Jesus not the perfect Refuge in trouble?  Higher and sweeter, and nearer and dearer?

He promises Abram in Genesis 15:1 :

 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

 “Do not be afraid, Abram.
    I am your shield,
    your very great reward.”

 

 

Pray for our brothers and sisters who suffer for living their Christian faith. Pray God will draw them near and they will know we haven’t forgotten them.

 

 

 

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