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God is with us through struggles



Published: Sat, August 17, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

With God, all things are possible!

We are limited in our thinking and our ability to accomplish the impossible.

Looking at our situations and circumstances will lead to discouragement, fear and anxiety.

Many are under pressure and harassed with problems that cannot be moved by human hands.

The obstacles may be sickness, addictions, life separation or any other disheartening situation that life may bring.

Whatever the case, to the one suffering and struggling, it becomes an impossible state.

Some spend countless hours of time trying to mentally figure out an answer only to conclude that the answer is out of grasp.

One train of thinking can lead to endless questions and fears that in the end will still remain unanswered.

This leads to a lack of peace and a loss of hope.

This thinking will open the door to discouragement, fear and anxiety.

Does this seem familiar?

At one time or another, we will experience difficulties.

Trouble will come to us in this life and how we handle it when it does come knocking will determine our inner peace and victory.

In the book of Job 5:6-9 Scripture reads, “For affliction does not come from the dust, neither does trouble sprout from the ground. For man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward. But as for me, I would seek God, and I would place my cause before God; who does great and unsearchable things, wonders without numbers.”

Whose report will we believe?

Job, a godly man had the unimaginable happen in one day, literally within hours.

His loss was beyond human understanding. He lost all of his children, his health, and all he possessed was under attack from all sides.

The Bible says that Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, fell to the ground and worshipped.

He said, “Blessed be the Name of the Lord.”

And Scripture reads, in Job 1:22, “Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.”

So different from the day and age we live in today. Yet an example of trust and faith that no matter what happened, the Lord is in control.

Another example of true trust and faith is Moses.

His destiny was not realized until later in life when it was revealed to him.

He saw a burning bush whose fire did not go out. He heard God call his name and received instructions from the Most High God.

Moses was to lead God’s people out of bondage into a promised land.

It would not be an easy journey, but the word of the Lord to Moses in Exodus 3:12 was, “Certainly I will be with you.”

Despite insurmountable circumstances, Moses trusted and obeyed.

The Lord led his people out of bondage into freedom; through the Red Sea, a wilderness journey, and enemies on all sides.

Circumstances seen by human eyes were no match for the Word of the Lord or the promise of God to His people.

It remains true today.

He is the Lord, and He changes not!

We may face situations that are impossible for us to solve, but if we let go and let God have them, He will work it out for our good.

Our enemies of fear and doubt can be replaced with perfect love and faith released into our lives by the Holy Spirit.

God never fails.

Finally, Joseph was a man chosen by the Lord to provide for and sustain His people. Joseph endured hatred from his brothers, jealousy, rejection and isolation. He was sold into slavery, thrown into prison and forgotten.

But was he forgotten?

It may have appeared that way at times to Joseph but he held on to his faith in the Living God.

He was a man of character, spiritually sensitive, wisdom and forgiving.

He saw and recognized the hand of God in the human events that took place in his life and others.

Through it all, Scripture declares in Genesis 39:21, “But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him.”

He received from the Lord all that was lost and more. He endured the hardships of life with a confidence that he was not alone in the battle.

In Genesis 45:8, paraphrasing, Joseph makes a declaration: “It was not you who sent me here, who allowed me to go through the trials and circumstances, but it was God.”

It is hard to see a positive outcome when in the midst of a struggle. God sees the beginning from the end.

We are never alone, He is there with us every step of the way, never to leave or forsake us.

Remember, the battle is the Lord’s. He has a perfect plan and it will never fail. Fight the good fight of faith and keep moving forward.

No matter what our eyes may see, no matter what our ears may hear, no matter what our heart may fear, all is well. Pray, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf. He will fight for you.

Patty Scahill of Austintown is a conference speaker and author.


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