Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
As the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon, there was a lot of destruction and suffering. At the time, there did not seem to be a lot of hope. The end could not be seen and it appeared as though God had completely abandoned them for all eternity. Yet, Jeremiah notes that God’s love is so great that they would not be completely destroyed. Despite what was going on around them, he could see God’s compassion for them being renewed each day.
When people are going through hard times, they often feel as though they are completely alone and that God has abandoned them. It is common for a person to feel as though God is full of anger and hate, not wanting anything to do with him ever again.
These hard times can be something physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or one of many other difficulties in life. The pain that one is feeling is real.
You may be going through a situation right now in your life, or you may have gone through one, or you will go through one some day. Jesus had said that you will have troubles in this world.
As you are going through a troubling time, keep in mind that God has promised you life and salvation through Jesus. There is a hope that one day Jesus will return and take you away from all the troubles of this world.
Another thing to remember is that no matter how difficult your situation is, it could be worse. The situation could be worse if you had no hope of salvation. If you do not believe in Jesus, then you can only look forward to an eternity of separation from God. As long as you are believing in Jesus and trusting in His work in your life, you have the hope of eternity in heaven.
As you get up each morning, realize God has spared your life on this earth for a purpose. He is showing you great love in keeping you going forward. Do not lose hope or give up. You may be hard-pressed, but you are not crushed or destroyed. Trust God through the tough times because He is faithful and will not abandon you.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s faithfulness; that you will know God’s love and compassion; and that you will have hope in Jesus.
I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. Psalm 142:1-2
People like to complain about many different things. They complain about their work, their health, their spouses, their children, their co-workers, the weather, and the list goes on. Some people love to complain so much that it appears as if they are unhappy with everything in life.
Complaining constantly often will drive friends away. People do not like to hear about other people’s complaints. They only want to hear the good news.
Life does have its challenges and problems. It is not that one life is better or worse than another, but all have separate challenges.
David was going through an extremely difficult time. He had done nothing wrong and Saul was chasing him to kill him. He was being hunted like a criminal. At the time he wrote this psalm he was in a cave hiding from Saul. Instead of crying out to people about his problems, he brought them before God.
Think about his problem: he had been told by God that he would be the next king of Israel, and now the current king was seeking to kill him. Many people would be calling attorneys to fight for their right to be the king. They would complain to their friends about their vision and problem. Yet, he did none of this. David called out to God.
God is there to hear every complaint that you may have. He will listen with a patient ear. After hearing of your complaint, if you allow Him too, He will also give you His Holy Spirit to comfort you and guide you on the journey you are on.
Jesus had promised that you would have troubles in this life, but He also promised that He would be with you through them.
Instead of complaining to people in this world, who really cannot do anything for you, talk to God. Let Him know your feelings and thoughts. Then trust His Spirit in guiding you and giving you strength to continue forward in life.
In the end, David did become king. In the end, if you do not give up, you will win the battle in this life.
Who are you complaining to?
Who are you trusting in?
I pray today that you will bring all your cares to God; that you will not be known as a complainer; that you will speak words of hope and trust in God; and that God will strengthen and guide you in the troubles you are going through.
My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Psalm 57:7
During times of trouble and hardship, very few people find reason to be happy or to sing joyfully. It is at those times that many people start to sing the blues and complain about what is happening.
Along with singing the blues, many start to have fear in their hearts. The results of that fear is the heartbeat goes up and is no longer steady, causing some health concerns. All they see is trouble and danger ahead, because all they can see is what is immediately in front of them.
Some of these troubles are things that directly affect the individual. Other troubles are those things that people see in news or hear about from someone else. All over the news, all over the world, trouble can be seen. Many are living in fear of the problems that are occurring.
Believers in Jesus should have a different view. Just as God was in front of the Israelites in the wilderness, so He will be in front of every believer today. God is unchanging and steady. Jesus is the rock that is solid and will not be moved by any event in this world.
Keeping the eyes on Jesus will allow the believer to have a reason to sing and make music. Jesus had overcome death and sin, so there is nothing that He cannot do or overcome.
As you turn your eyes on Jesus, you will be able to sing a song of praise and make music to Him, regardless of what is happening in your life. You will see that God is in control. Those troubles will no longer seem as large and scary anymore in light of Him.
As you sing and make music to God, it will also help you keep your focus on Him even more. In doing this, it will calm your heart and keep it steady.
Sing a song of praise to God today. Sing a song you already know, or make up a new song from your heart. He is worthy of all praise!
I pray today that you will focus on God in your life; that God’s love will remove all fear; that you will have a song of praise to sing today; and your heart will be calm in God’s presence.
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 its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3
When a major storm is occurring it can be scary for most people. Hearing the roar of a tornado strikes fear into to many, especially when it cannot be seen. It is unknown where it will strike and destroy everything.
The psalmist talks about a mountain falling into the ocean. Imagine the horror most people would be thinking or going through if they were any where on or near that mountain. Suddenly the earth is dropping out from below their feet, shaking. There would be extreme fear in the hearts of most people.
Yet, the psalmist says, there is no fear because God is with them. He is their refuge and strength, always there to help out.
Seeking refuge and strength is something that is talked about a lot in the news. People are attempting to flee war-torn areas all over the world.
Most, however, are not fleeing a physical war, but are fearing for their lives in bad situations in their lives. Sickness, job loss, family loss, divorce, vehicle breakdowns, bills, changes, and many other things in this life bring fear into the hearts of many. People are seeking out refuge and strength.
You may be dealing with one of these areas, or you may have another area of difficulty that you are in fear of. Regardless of what you are going through, as a believer in Jesus, God is there for you. He will always be present ready to help.
You can go to God in the middle of your storm and find refuge and strength to make it through the storms of this life. While the world does have right to be afraid, you do not have to be afraid. God will bring you life, if you seek Him and trust Him in every situation in your life.
Regardless of how much your world is shaking and falling apart, God is there for you and loves you. Find your peace of refuge and strength in Him, He will care for you.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God; that you will find refuge in God; that God will give you strength for the road ahead; and that God will remove all fear in your life.
You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, Psalm 10:17
David started off this Psalm wondering why God was standing a long ways off. He felt that he was all alone. By the time he gets to the end of the Psalm, David knows that God is listening to all who are going through trouble. God reaches down and encourages them and hears what they have to say.
Every person on this earth has had troubles and challenges in life. Some have greater challenges than others, but all have them. It does not matter whether the trouble one is going through is a terminal illness, or a temporary illness, a loss of a job, divorce, or someone being cruel physically or with words, troubles are everywhere.
As people go through hard times, many will cry out to God for help and relief. When they cry out to God and do not get instant results, many will wonder where God is or if He is even listening to them.
Throughout the entire Bible, one of the messages God repeats consistently is that He is with His people. He hears their cries. God told Joshua to be strong and courageous. A few thousand years later, Jesus told the disciples that He would always be with them.
Those lines have never changed. God is still with you to this day. He hears your every cry.
The way to be encouraged is looking back at how God has been with every believer. Read the entire Bible and see how God met the needs of many different people, of all walks of life.
Do not forget to read the end of the Bible in Revelation. In the end Jesus will return and take all of His children home to live in heaven for eternity.
If you continue to believe in God and serve Him, you will win in the end. It does not matter the troubles you are going through today. Be encouraged with the knowledge that God is with you and will win the battle.
The old hymnal song says, “it will be worth it all, when we see Jesus.” Be encouraged today, God is listening to your cries. You are not alone.
I pray today that you will know that God is listening to you; that you will know that you will win with God in the end; that God bring you relief from your troubles; and that God will strengthen you through your troubles in this life.
He repays everyone for what they have done; he brings on them what their conduct deserves. Job 34:11
Elihu, a younger man, chooses to speak to Job. He focuses on the statement that Job had made saying that he was innocent of any wrong-doing. He then defends God by showing how God works with people. Elihu stated God brings judgement onto people for what they have done, causing to make them pay for their sins.
When people are going through a difficult time, or major troubles in their life, many believe that God is punishing them for some sin. God is making them pay for their sins in this life.
Believers in the church, have often been known to shun others going through a difficult time. They try to get the person to repent of some sin. To them, God is punishing the person.
Individuals are often known to kick themselves for sins that were done years ago because right now they are going through a difficult time in life. Many fear that God is looking down from heaven and striking them for a sin that was done a long time back, even though repentance for that sin has occurred many times.
Job had not done anything wrong to bring on the difficulties that he was going through. Look back at the first couple of chapters and see that God put Satan up to this trial.
If God were to give everyone the punishment that their conduct deserves, not a single person would be alive today. Everyone has sinned and walked away from God. No one has done perfectly right. Every person who has given his life to God, believing in Jesus, has also sinned since he gave his life to Jesus. The payment for sin is death.
Jesus came to forgive and save, not condemn and kill. You may be going through a difficult time. Look at your life. Are you living in some type of sin on purpose? If so, then change. Seek Jesus and His forgiveness.
If you are not living in a sin on purpose, then trust God. He is allowing a trial in your life for a reason, and it is not because of sin. He may be working to build you up. Or to make you His witness to this world.
Be willing to accept all that God gives you, both the blessings and the trials.
I pray today that you will see God’s purpose for your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will serve Jesus with your life; and that you will know that Jesus will forgive all sins.