Weekly Devotion

Where Do We Find Strength in Troubled Times?

There will be troubled times in this life. Jesus has told us this.  But He also told us He would always be with us. As we travel through life, we are faced with trials and we call out to the Lord for help.  Is He there? Is He listening?

Deuteronomy 31:6  Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Jesus has overcome the world and He is always with us. There is always a purpose in whatever we are going through. God’s perfect purpose and will is continually seen in our lives.  But what is this purpose in troubled times?

During the summer months we often have thunderstorms rolling through our area. These storms sometimes come up with very little warning.  Sometimes they are fast moving and sometimes they last for a very long time. But we weather these storms. The troubled times in our lives are like these storms.

In the past year, I feel as though the storms have been rolling through my life at regular intervals. It seems like I am coming out of a storm, in the midst of a storm or heading towards a storm. But how is God using these storms in my life? What is He teaching me, showing me, or leading me towards?  What is going on?

Is God examining me and my life?
Sometimes we are so wrapped up in our lives, that we do not see what is going on.  The layers need to be peeled back and examined. Am I truly trusting God? What have I learned from this trouble? Did I get angry? Did I question, “why me”?

Is God using these storms to lead you in the right direction?
We need a push to get moving in the right direction at certain points in our lives. God uses these troubled times to light a fire under us to get moving. Have you ever said that you were going to lay this problem at the feet of the Lord, only to go pick it back up to “fine tune” it a little?  I know that I have. We are only getting in the way of His perfect will when we do this. But if we surrender to Him, He will always be there leading and protecting us, even if we do not see Him. Sometimes it takes a difficult, painful situation to lead us to change our ways.

Proverbs 20:30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.

As I travel this road, I find comfort and reassurance in the Word. I pray that I am looking at my life and making changes so that I might serve my Lord in all aspects of my life.  I pray that I am following His will, not my will. That I am depending on His strength and guidance to follow in the direction He would have me go.

John 14:26-27 gives me great comfort, “ But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

He is always with me, teaching me and loving me. Our God is truly an awesome God.

Music always brings me comfort and joy. I hope this song touches your heart as it has mine.

Patricia Kennedy

Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns    https://youtu.be/L5bLvVjJ4MA