Originally published Thursday, 13 November 2014.
When life gets hard, the first thing that I want to do is go to my bed, pull the covers over my head and escape from the world. I want to hide - from questions, from problems, from bank accounts and from life. When I do this, I find my mind often wanders to the "how comes" and "what ifs" of life. My worry grows like a baloon being inflated with helium, until it reaches near it's popping point.
Many times, I don't turn to God until I am so worn out from my troubles that all I have left to cling to is Him.
It is here where I can let go of my self-focus and open my eyes to see beyond my immediate circumstances. I see the one standing ready to embrace me. I see truth. I can find refuge in God's Word, which stands ready to speak right into our difficult circumstances. If only I turned to Him ealier.
We all have times where life crashes before our eyes. We all feel like we want to run and hide. We all have a Lord waiting to speak a fresh Word into our hearts.
Hear what the Lord has to say to you.
10 BIBLE VERSES FOR HARD TIMES:
1. We can look to the world to fill our needs – but only God completely fills.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” Phil 4:19
2. We may tend to forget things, but God never forgets anything – especially you.
“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deut 31:8
3. Need Help? God has sent the Spirit, the ultimate Helper.
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.” John 14:16
4. The word “Provider” is defined in the Name of God.
“They all wait for You To give them their food in due season. You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.” Psalm 104:27-28
5. God is the ultimate Comfort in a time of need.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
6. The world can tremble, but God still remains sturdy. He is our strength.
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn…” Is. 54:17
7. God is our hope in what seems like a hopeless world.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
8. God will give you a future and an eternal home; this has already been secured.
“LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.” Ps. 16:5
9. When you feel troubled, God will help you a time of trouble.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
10. God offers wisdom, when you have none.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
When all else is stripped away – when life breaks down to it’s very core - we see the making of our vehicles. We see our maker. We see the foundation. We see God. We see what is important. We see what is valuable. We see Christ’s power on the cross. So, fear not. Fear not! Keep your eyes on Him.
Fall into his arms. Rest in Him. Let him helicopter you out of your personal crash site so that you can view all the little pieces with fresh eyes.
What you will see is beauty. What you will see is that all the little pieces – broken pieces – are just his way of putting you back together as a new creation. A new you that is being transformed into his image (2 Cor. 3:18). A new you that lifts others to new heights in their time of need. A new you that sees your life from a new perspective.
Renewal is not always in our timing. God sanctifies us according to his timeline – his perfect timeline.
From personal experience, I can assure you – God is the master mess cleaner. He leaves us sparkling with a new spirit, a new spring in our step a new passion in life. He gives us more than we ever had. I have seen this happen and I know it to be true. God will be faithful in creating a new “you”!
Know, God will not abandon you in the midst of your collision. He will take care of you. I promise and more importantly – He promises! He not only promises, but he delivers!