The Truth is, life is hard. We live in a fallen world. Even those who have been redeemed live in earthly bodies and have to deal with the realities of temptation, sin (both our own and others’), disease, loss, pain, and death. Becoming a Christian . . . does not wrap us up in some sort of celestial cocoon where we are immune to pain. . . . There will be tears, sorrows, pressures, and problems.
But—and here’s the good news—God is not removed or detached from our problems. He doesn’t just sit up in heaven and watch to see if we will manage to survive. No, the God of the Bible is “a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). . . . He uses pressures and problems to mold and shape our lives and to make us like His Son Jesus. . . .
We want God to fix all our problems. God says instead, “I have a purpose for your problems. I want to use your problems to change you and to reveal My grace and power to the world.” That is the Truth—and the Truth will set you free.
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Nancy Leigh Demoss’s love for the Word and the Lord Jesus are infectious, and permeate her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs.
From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening © 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission.