A Very Present Help

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.
—Psalm 46:1

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
—John 8:31–32

“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
—John 16:33

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. 



  1. Ann-Louise August 17, 2014 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Amen! God does care. We don’t have to wait for Him to “show up,” as some say, because He’s already here, walking through it all right alongside us.

  2. Susan G. November 23, 2017 at 3:25 am - Reply

    These are truths! Now we just have to remember them and His Word when we are in the middle of that challenge, tribulation, or trial.
    Thanks for this!

    • Bridget Kall November 30, 2017 at 4:52 am - Reply


  3. K8E November 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    What can we say to those who argue , God can’t be all good ? Look at the problems of the world !

  4. Earline Bradley December 1, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I have always tried to just be myself, which is often different from the people around me. Today at age 94, I still just want to be myself and follow God’s leading.

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