This message is being written as an encouragement to those who're undergoing trials that appear too hard to bear or too difficult to endure. Maybe that's been you. Frequently a sister in Christ will write or call with a heavy heart, seeking answers or just wanting someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on. As I shared with you last week, many sisters are enduring significant pain---some physical, some emotional. You know, it seems that no home is without some manner of difficulty. Grief, loss, anxiety, pain... all over.
So, where do we go, who do we turn to in times of distress, times of testing, times of grief? There is no help save the LORD. I think of that verse O, taste and see that the LORD is good.
You know, I shared with you that my friend recently prompted me to resume daily Scripture memory work. I’d let it slip---I’d gotten out of the discipline, the habit of daily memorizing, you know? O, I must tell you that her timing was providential, for I had no idea that soon after, a time of testing would come and I’d so greatly need to lean on the Rock. So, I’ve been working to reestablish the habit of putting Scripture to memory. It’s such a challenging thing though---I must share with you! O, the enemy surely does seem to try and thwart every attempt at memorizing the Word of God----but we do know
that we’re to resist the devil and he will flee. So then… I’ve surely needed to meditate on the Word in the night---and you know, the only Word you can read in the dark is the Word you’ve got hidden in your heart! Well, I assure you there’s no comfort like the Comforter. When your nights are long and sleep doesn’t come… you must just find your rest in the Savior. “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” That’s Jeremiah 15.16.
I’ve found myself mulling over and over the precious Word of God---for really I’ve fretted over some of the most insignificant things when I compare them to what sisters are enduring and yet my concerns bring on anxiety. But, O, the pondering of the Word---it really does bring rest and peace to a wearied-worried mind.
You never know the strength of something until you’ve tested it. Have you thought about that? For example, you stand on a chair in the kitchen to get something off a high shelf because you think that chair will support your weight. You wouldn’t reach for that jar while standing on a chair unless you trusted the integrity of that chair---no matter how much you wanted that jar! You aren’t trusting in your ability to climb or to stand or to reach---you’re trusting in the stability of that chair! Now, it’s sort of the same with the LORD. You trust Him because you’ve found Him to be trustworthy-------but
you know what? Even if *you* haven’t found Him to be trustworthy, He is trustworthy. He is God. But when you’ve been through a trial and you’ve stood on the Rock then you “know that you know that you know!” that Rock is solid---trustworthy!
Think on this for a moment. “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” That’s Numbers 23.19. I meditate on this verse. I say, I know my Redeemer lives. He ever lives to make intercession for me... He is not a man that He should lie. Nothing can separate me from the love of God. No, No: nothing. "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other
creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." [Romans 8.38-39]
When the doubts or the worries seem to wash over me like a flood, I just must continually hope in my Savior. Psalm 71, verse 14 says: “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.”
Try it… you can use that verse to complete and then alleviate your anxious thought, such as: I am worried about my son: “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.” I don’t know how this or that thing will turn out: “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.” I don’t know how this or that will be paid: “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.” I grieve over the loss of this or that person, friend, or loved one: “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.”
You see, ever trust worthy, and nothing can separate you from His love. Unlike the chair or wobbly stool in my kitchen… the Rock, the LORD, our Redeemer stands. He stands firm to the end. He has spoken, He is trustworthy, He “is not a man, that he should lie…and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Therefore, I put my trust in Him.
When I lie down in our bed… and sleep does not come… our ceiling seems to come alive with the Word swirling around all over it. Soon I rest… His Word is trustworthy… “…for so he giveth his beloved sleep. “ Ps 127:2
Good night, sweet sisters... until next time, may the LORD Jesus be the joy and rejoicing of your heart.