Does it really matter if you quit? Who will know if you just give up. Maybe you’ve heard a voice in your head or you’ve been told this or you’ve even said it to yourself, “This will never change…you’ve been dealt a really bad hand. No one would blame you if you throw in the towel…just give up!”
Is God only God when things are going well, or is He the God in and above every one of our circumstances? That is the matter that needs to be settled in the heart. I heard a quote many years ago by Graham Cooke, “If you are in Christ, so are all your circumstances!” Whoa! When I heard Graham make that statement, it was a game changer for me.
I was so confused by what I was facing and didn’t understand how I was in my position involving a relationship shift. It hurt more than I can communicate, truly. I’m not using hyperbole here. But what was amazing is that God was with me in my pain and hurt. I felt His presence in a deeper and more intimate way. I had to answer Graham Cooke’s question… Yes, I am in Christ and therefore… so are all my circumstances. God met me. I can truly say, “God is good!”
There is hope for me and there is hope for you.
We are going to make it through this. THIS, this…whatever it is!
We will make it through and let me declare, “We won’t just make it through by the skin of our teeth, but we will make it through stronger and more able and ready to declare the goodness of God.” That’s for certain as long as we remain in His hand. “We will come out as gold. We won’t simply survive we will thrive!”
I hope you’ll be encouraged along with me today. Sometimes, I’ve got to PREACH to myself like David did. It says David strengthened himself in the LORD. It doesn’t say David discouraged himself in his situation.
Here are some promises of God that have been vital for me. Maybe a few will help you too. Are you faced with something that has tried to knock you off course or tempted you to give up?
Promise: God will be with you in hard times
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though it’s waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Isaiah 43:2a
Promise: The Lord will keep you from harm.
He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Proverbs 2: 7-8
Promise: God will deliver you from all your troubles
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:7-8
Promise: If you persevere under trial, you will be rewarded
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen for what is seen is temporary what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17
I’ve included some photos I’ve taken in the last few days of the signs of spring. I’ve included them for two reasons: One, because these photos add beauty to this blog post. Two, because they are signs of how seasons and circumstances do change. Yes, indeed…There has been a radical shift from the LONG, snowy winter to the full blooms of spring.
The turn around, from winter to spring, has manifested right before my eyes. And BONUS there has been an incredible fragrance besides! My prayer is that my circumstance and yours will be shifting from the long winter to spring. I truly don’t know what “stage” of the trial you are in. I’m not certain either, but I do know I can continue with hope because of the following: (Hey, will you say these aloud with me?)
- God is my refuge.
- This will NOT take me out!
- God is with me.
- God hears my prayers.
- God hold victory in store!
- I’m blessed as I take refuge in God.