So many of us are going through things we thought we would never face. I have faced things this past year that I never even thought about. I desperately seek God every single day (with the same passion and desperation, I might add, that I do when I have lost my keys or phone!) and a Word from Him that will help me get through the day.
I continue to be amazed when I read the Bible and how relevant it is to right now. Only a God-inspired book written thousands of years ago by so many different people mesh so beautifully and bring itself forward into right now. I have to laugh at that analogy and think of course it does…it’s GOD!!! “In the beginning was the WORD and the WORD was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1). As the rest of the Bible, that’s a LITERAL Word.
The Lord is present tense – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1). He is right here, right now. Who is He? He embodies everything we need, His character IS strength, comfort, love, power, faith, goodness, joy…the list goes on and on. The things that make Him who He is are inside of us by the presence (present tense) of His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the power source that makes it possible to live through ‘the valley of the shadow of death’.
When you suffer remember He is PRESENT – and He is as prevalent in your circumstance as you allow Him to be. I would encourage us to “pull Him in”; invite Him into the whole thing. When we do, we can become closer to Him and forge an even stronger relationship with Him. Romans 8:37, “But in all these things we OVERWHELMINGLY CONQUER through Him who loved us.” IN it all, through it all, we overwhelmingly (more than enough, mostly more than enough) conquer! That’s a word to my soul today. See, the demonstrative love of God has already happened…and continues right now. He already gave Jesus to die for us so that we can live in His presence, with His strength, comfort, joy, longsuffering, through His provision today because His Holy Spirit resides in us. He is truly the Power Source!
Right now, no matter what, no matter how you feel, believe that. Keep your chin up, keep believing no matter what, that the Lord is with you and in Him, you have everything you need to get through this!