Encouragement: The Rock in the Storm

 

“1You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. . . 6My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. 7Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. 8By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. 9I say to God my Rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?’ 10My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’

11Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” ~Psalm 63, 42

There are times when I feel like I start way down to the ground. As the week progresses I seem to fall deeper and deeper into a pit of mud, hardly able to breathe or to think, blinded by the thick ooze that threatens to end me forever. And I just want to give in, to stop struggling.

It’s a good thing that life isn’t all about feelings. Emotions can tell me a lot about a situation, but they can’t control my life path. They can become a snare. They can become so tied up around me that I can’t discern what is right and wrong, what is safe or dangerous, what I love or hate, what should stay the same or change. It’s times like these that I feel desperate for something solid, something that I know is true and that I know will never ever change.

And of course I know who that is: my LORD. I turn to His Word and, even if the emotions still blind me too much to be comforted, I still know that He is with me in the current storm. Inside the Word I hear Him, speaking words of life, comfort, instruction, wisdom, love. I am encouraged to pray to Him, to open up all my confusion because I know He listens to my words, doesn’t judge me, and will see me through to the end.

The storm Will End. It has for me. It’s like a veil of clouds has parted to let in the sunlight. I can breath the free air again with the burden of mud gone from me. I know that the storm will come again, it always does, but this moment of fresh air is so heartening. I can see once again the faces of those I love around me, I can see more clearly how solid is the foundation is of trusting in the LORD, I have hope for a brighter future. I am pleased, thankful, and renewed in Spirit.

So let this be an encouragement to all of you out there who are struggling, be it with emotions or something much more real. The true reality, the solid foundation, is the Father, the Savior, and the Holy Spirit. Cling to them. Cling to the Word, the Bible. Pray, pray, pray. Even if you are still being tossed back and forth, even if you are still sinking in the mud I promise you that the storm will end. Let God be the one you meet on the other side, the one you recognize as being a light in your darkness. Let your faith in Him be strengthened. Remember, He loves you and He will Never Ever Abandon you. Cling to Him as He is holding on to you.

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“31What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~Romans 8

“2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do… 12Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” ~James 1

“10Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” ~James 5

“3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” ~1 Peter 1

 

 

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