The trials of life are guaranteed to come to every person. There is not
one person in this world that does not have some sort of problem or trial
to overcome. We should look at our problems as a blessing in a way because
that is the best time to draw closer to the Lord. I'm not saying we should
only come to God when we have problems, but when problems do come, that is
the time to come closer to the Lord and be sensitive to the still small
voice of His leading. (1 Kings 19:12-13)
I hope you will be inspired and challenged by this simple story. It is a
great reminder of how our Lord never changes and is in the same place in
the good times as well as the bad times. He is the Rock that never moves
and is always there to comfort and strengthen those who are weary.
(Psalm 18:30-33) (Psalm 147:3-6)
I am reminded of a story my pastor once told about a newlywed couple.
When they rode together in the car, the wife would sit so close to her
husband that it looked like there was a two-headed driver in the seat.
Now, twenty five years later, when they go out in the car, the wife sits
way over on the other side.
One day she looked over longingly at her husband and said with a sigh,
"Remember the days when we used to sit so close to each other we looked
like a two-headed driver?"
The husband looked over at her and quietly said, "Well, Honey, I wasn't
the one who moved."
That's how it is with God. If you're feeling far away from Him, remember --
He isn't the one who has moved!
The Bible declares in James 4:8, "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh
to you." We should take it as a comfort in our hearts to know that God is
always near to us when we call upon His name. We read in Romans 10:13,
"Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." We do
not need vast accomplishments or great holiness in order to be accepted by
God. He has already accepted us because of what Jesus Christ did on the
Cross, and all we need to do is receive that sacrifice for ourselves and
we will be reconciled with the Lord. (Psalm 17:5-8) (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)
Be encouraged in the Lord and remember that He is always there for us when
we call. He never moves or changes His address, but rather is always
available to calm our hearts and give us our hearts desires. The Bible
says that God is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Renew your
relationship with Him today if you feel far away from God. He will draw
nigh to you when you draw nigh to Him. He will renew the vitality in your
spirit and give you Strength, Peace and Contentment that cannot ever be
found in the world. (Ephesians 6:10) (Psalm 37:4-6) (Proverbs 18:24)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 34:3-8 "O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name
together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my
fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not
ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of
all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that
fear Him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Psalm 18:30-33 "As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is
tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him. For who is God
save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me
with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds'
feet, and setteth me upon my high places."
Psalm 91:2-4 "I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my
God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of
the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His
feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy
shield and buckler."
Psalm 116:1-9 "I love the LORD, because He hath heard my voice and my
supplications. Because He hath inclined His ear unto me, therefore will I
call upon Him as long as I live. The sorrows of death compassed me, and
the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then
called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my
soul. Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. The
LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and He helped me. Return
unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my
feet from falling. I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry