Things seemed to be going smoothly, and then all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, the road we’re walking takes a terrible turn and we find ourselves trudging through a dark valley. We long for answers, direction, and relief, but don’t always find them. Feelings of discouragement follow . . .
I read a Chinese Proverb recently that says,
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Reading this got me thinking —What’s my song? What’s hidden within my heart that I can rely on when life doesn’t make sense?
Have hard times come your way? Is your heart heavy with care?
Jesus is saying to you, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world! (John 16:33). These are the precious words of our beloved Savior, who died for our sins, rose from the dead, and lives forever to intercede with God on our behalf! (Hebrews 7:25).
That’s the good news we cling to as children of God. Jesus has overcome all the works of the enemy and he is sitting at the right hand of the Father pleading our case! We have the most powerful advocate and faithful friend we could ever hope for. So take heart, dear friend! Don’t lower your gaze when hard times come. Instead, look up! Take heart, trust in God’s goodness and love (Read 23 verses about God’s goodness), and consider troubles as an opportunity for great joy! God is always up to something good!
These are hard times, with the covid pandemic and all the consequences of having our nation shut down. People are suffering in the US and all around the world, and need hope. When you need hope, the best place to turn is to the God of hope! God can work miracles, and there is always hope for those who trust in him! Let’s pray . . .
When storms comes, be strong and trust in God’s faithful promises and everlasting love for you!
With all the troubling news out there regarding Coronavirus, the flu, and natural disasters such as the recent tornado in Tennessee—we can easily become discouraged and fearful, and even feel helpless. We are all prone to such emotions. That said, we must never forget that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). He has also given us many wonderful and powerful tools to protect ourselves and our families, both emotionally and physically.
Here are 7 positive, powerful, practical, and proactive things we can do to help us weather life’s storms and overcome: