God Is There:
Here’s a great quote by Dr Keith Warrington, the author of the book – Healing and Suffering: Biblical and Pastoral Reflections.
“God’s power is for overcoming life’s problems, not for escaping them. It isn’t always there to make the mountains melt, but to make them manageable; not always to make the desert disappear, the darkness depart or the fog fade away, but to keep us, care for us and carry us through, enabling us to grow in the process.”
Warrington indicates – a healthy balance is needed to remind believers that God is with them in the shadows of suffering as well as health and wholeness.
In truth, David the Psalmist was right-on when he wrote:
Even if I walk through a very dark valley, I will not be afraid, because You are with me.1.
Today, I’m reminded of what Paul the Apostle wrote:
We are hedged in – pressed on every side – troubled and oppressed in every way, but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair.
We are pursued – persecuted and hard driven, BUT NOT DESERTED TO STAND ALONE; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed.2.
Friends, as we travel down this bumpy road called life, we will meet many demanding or stimulating situations along the way, but they can be used to improve rather than damage us.
Consider this, as followers of Jesus, we don’t completely function in our own strength – we have God alongside us!
Yep! That’s right!
God is there – ready to help when we need Him.3.
And know this, His grace is enough; it’s all we need. His strength comes into its own in our weakness.4.
Sure-enough, His power becomes clear, visible and noticeable when we don’t have any.
Now, that’s something to think about.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
4 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
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