Something has been making itself crystal clear to me lately. I think that this is something that I have always known, but something that my sinful pride has kept me from fully grasping several times.
Namely, it is that there is nothing, NOTHING, that you can’t endure when you put your faith and trust in Jesus.
It is so very easy during the easy and happy times of your life to say, oh yeah, I have faith, everything is great, God is so good to me.
And it is another thing entirely to be able to say it when you have to go through something that seems unspeakable. Something that feels totally unfair and undeserved. Something that makes you question everything that you thought you knew. Even those things that cause people who you think you know to behave completely opposite of what you believe them to be.
There have been many times in my life where I have tried (in vain) to get through the hard times on my own. Those times left me exhausted, frustrated, angry and shaken. There have also been times in my life where I have surrendered it all to Jesus and said, I can’t do this on my own, Lord. Please help me. I just can’t do it.
While it may be hard and even scary to surrender it all. Once you truly do it, there is a peace that comes. It does not erase the problem from existence. In fact, the problem may grow and get uglier, however it becomes bearable because you know that you are not alone. Friends and family will let you down, no question. Jesus will not. If you can truly give it all to Him, you will feel Him with you.
I am not a theological expert. I cannot instantly quote bible verses to fit specific situations. I know from my own life’s experience though that life is pointless and hopeless without Jesus and with Him there is no bad situation or problem I cannot conquer.
“And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” -Deuteronomy 31:8
“ For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:13
These are the verses that I will remember in the coming days as we struggle through one of those hard times in life. I am not fearful, but rather I have peace knowing that the Lord strengthens me.