'God is with us'

Tuesday Reflection

29th September 2020

'I have overcome the world'

"Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
 But take heart,
 because I have overcome the world"
    .... (John 16:33b).

Are you struggling at the moment?
Do you feel God is far away?
Don't despair, he is there,
working in the background of your life
and will use whatever means is necessary
to care for us
in all the difficult times in our life,
if we trust in him.

This is seen throughout the pages of the Bible -
Elijah and the ravens (1 Kings 17:2-7);
the widow and her meal and oil (1 Kings 17:8-16);
The children of Israel in the Desert (Exodus);
the Disciples in the storm (Mark 6:45-51);
The hungry multitudes (John 6:1-13);
The raising of Lazarus from the dead, (John 11:1-45).
Peter freed from prison (Acts 12:5-17).
The list is endless.

We must never get the idea that a good,
godly life is a hedge against troubles.
Sometimes, the closer one lives to Jesus
the more that person suffers for their faith.

The Bible is pretty clear on this matter;
In the Book of Job it says

'Every person who comes into this world
 is going to experience troubles and trials,'

and in 2 Tim. 3:12.

'Those people who live for the Lord
 are going to have their trials too,'

Sadly, very few of us have arrived
at that kind of place in our life
where we can trust in God completely
whatever comes our way.
Sometime it seems that the least little thing
can come along and it sends us reeling into fear,
panic and worry.

But God has a better plan!

'He desires to give His children peace'
    .... (John 14:27; Phil. 4:6-7)

When we find ourselves
in these prisons of despair and trials,
we need never fear being there alone.
Jesus promised us
that He would always be with us
and He meant every word that He said.

He has never abandoned His people
and He never will.
When Daniel went into the lion's den,
he found the Lord was already there (Dan. 6:22).
When Paul was on the ship in the stormy sea,
he found the Lord was there with him (Act 27:23).
No matter where the path of our life leads us,
we will never go there alone.
The Lord will be with us in every trial
and he will never let us down!
He may not take away the problem
but he will give us the strength
and courage to overcome it.

Sometimes he calms the storm,
other times he lets the storm rage and calms us.

If He will do this for these people,
He will do what He has to do to meet our need as well.
That is His promise
and God wants us to place our trust
in him and to leave the matter in His hands.
As we pass through this life
and move through our various troubles and trials,
we probably will not understand the reason
and the purpose behind all we face.
That is why verses like Rom. 8:28
are so crucial to our faith.

28 And we know that in all things
   God works for the good of those who love him,
   who have been called according to his purpose.

Why does the Lord allow
bad things to happen in our lives?
I cannot answer that,
but I do know that God has a purpose
for the difficulty He allows us
to pass through.

That purpose may be to help us grow.
It may be to help someone else.
It may be simply to glorify the Lord.
He has a plan
and he has a purpose
and He wants us to come
to the place where we simply trust Him
for all we need and for all we face.