It’s easy for us to complain or, to put it more gently, bemoan or grumble – because there’s plenty each day that tries to take away our peace.
Things like unexpected pain, illness, financial burdens, you can add yours here…
Found myself in the unexpected recently. Not fun – and as the past couple weeks have gone by, the solution hasn’t come. The two people most likely to be able to help are out of town. When I found out they were gone, the first words that came to my mind: totally dependent. Just me and God. “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:31b NLT)
Maybe like me, when you find yourself in that place without answers, your first response is: why? Why now? Why this? I have tried so hard, why?
Jesus isn’t offended by our questioning, but He’s not obligated to show us the answer either. We may someday discover the why of it – or we may not. The real question is: No matter what, will I trust Him? “This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.” (Psalm 91:2 NLT)
Here’s what we need to remember – the Father always hears us when we call to Him. He always listens to our prayers – our simple cry of ‘help’ – our silence when we don’t know the words. Ever present. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 BSB)
Refuge – I like that word. A picture of our God. Hiding us in Him. You may be thinking ‘but I don’t see His help, I’ve been waiting so long’. I get that. He gets it too. We are impatient, we doubt. But it’s when we go to our Refuge that the strength to endure sees us through.
Because, for some things, the relief won’t be until eternity – and we are given just enough grace for today. “The LORD hears His people when they call to Him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17 NLT) Rescues us – some sweet day, there will be no more aches and pains, nor sorrow, nor any of this. For now, it’s just You and me, God – and that is enough.
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