“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Hello everyone and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to have you with me this week…and my prayer; is that we will truly come to experience a God, whose presence is always there, for each and every one of us! Praise Him!!
You know the circumstances we face, can sometimes seem so long and drawn out; that after a while, we begin to wonder where God is. In fact…these difficult moments we face can make us feel as if God has abandoned us and left us completely alone with the circumstance.
I remember a time in my life, when I was dealing with a lot of emotional problems. The sexual abuse that I had experienced, at a very young age had now resurfaced, which only enhanced some of the dysfunctional moments of the past. As I began to deal with moments that seemed way above my head…my own family walked away, which only made me feel more abandoned in life…even more than what the circumstances themselves had attempted to do.
After finally getting the right kind of help I needed…to come out of a messy past; it seemed as if the circumstances and memories that I was dealing with at the time began to take such a toll on me; that I began to feel as if I was in a world of my own. I even began to feel that if others had walked away, at a time when I needed their support the most; then God would probably do the same…but you know what…He didn’t.
As I sat one day on my bed, with tears falling down my cheeks…until there were no more tears to cry; I happened to notice my Bible sitting on the edge of the bed…not too far from me. As I reached over to take hold of it; the verse that stood before me…after opening the Bible, read… “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
After reading this Bible verse…I began to forget about what was bothering me at the time and instead, I actually began to look around the room and out the doorway…because, from that moment on, I knew without a doubt; that God had entered one of the most difficult times of my life…and you know what…from that moment on, I have never been the same. In fact…when I face a difficulty in my life…God is the first one I run to.
No matter what you’re facing and no matter how much of a struggle it has been; just know that God is there for you. The circumstance definitely has a way of making us feel lost and alone; but I have truly come to know a God, who will never abandon any one of us; but rather, He will walk on the stormy waters…to enter the moments that just make life seem so overwhelming and alone.
Today, may I encourage you to turn away from the feelings that are attempting to take you further down…and instead, run into the arms of a God, who’s always been there for you!
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."