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Philippians 4:13 ” I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

I have this Scripture on a beautiful plaque in my bathroom.  And as I was getting ready this morning, I glanced up and there it was…like a beacon of truth, light, and hope.  It was a wonderful reminder that I don’t have to do this thing called life all by myself.  In I Timothy 1:12 it says that the Lord stands by my side and gives me strength…strength in all situations.  This strength He gives me is much more than just bearing and suffering through a trial.  The strength God gives,  enables me to effectively handle with grace and patience all things that come into my life.  For it’s only through Him,  I can cope with all things for His glory.

Job 4:5 ” But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.”

Eliphaz was one of Job’s three friends that had come to comfort him after the devastating loss of  his children and all his livestock.  In this Scripture he is telling Job trouble is part of life.   When everything is going along smoothly in our lives…Life is good.  We’re happy, healthy, and prone to take God for granted.  But when trouble hits…when we’re stricken with illness, or touched by loss…we change.  We become frustrated and weary when illness strikes.   We become bewildered and fearful of our lack of control during times of loss.  It’s our attitude that changes…not God.  For God remains the same…whether in good times or in bad.  He’s right there beside you…offering comfort and hope no matter what you’re going through today.

Isaiah 53:5 ” But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”

Man has always willfully rebelled and rejected God.  But God looked past that rejection and sent His Son into the world to save it.  Jesus Christ took upon Himself the punishment for the sins of all mankind…He willingly was broken, wounded and killed that we might live.   Romans 4:25 tells us, “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”   Today we have that blessed assurance of  righteousness through Christ Jesus…and as we look at the empty cross and tomb, we can with confidence proclaim…He is not there, He is risen!

Numbers 24:12-13 ” Balaam answered Balak, ‘Did I not tell the messangers you sent me, even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the Lord – and I must say only what the Lord says?’ “

The king of the Moabites, Balak, had attempted to hire Balaam, (a soothsayer who used divination and sorcery for personal gain), to pronounce a curse on the tribes of Israel.  But every time Balaam tried,  out came a blessing instead.  Try as he might, Balaam was forced to conform to God’s will and he realized that nothing he did would change that…no matter how much King Balak offered him.  We may think evil is running amuck on the earth…unimpeded by anything.  But God is still in control, ruling and reigning over every situation, every detail, every person.

II Samuel 22:2-3 ” The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior – from violent men You save me.”

God is our only reliable stronghold in the world today.  He is the fortress we can retreat to when fear over takes us.  He is our rescuer when wickedness and oppression take the very breath from us.  For  God is the only rock we can put our absolute trust in…the only refuge we can run to for safety.

Psalm 46:1 ” God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

God is your helper.  He is not indifferent to your plight.  He is not just siting there watching you go through tough times, detached and uncaring about what’s happening.  It tells us in Psalm 18 that when David cried out to God for help, He reached down from on high and rescued him.  That’s called divine intervention by a ever-present, ever-loving God.  Whatever you’re going through today, know that the Lord is actively involved and is keenly aware of every detail.  Cry out to Him and He will respond.