“My heart is breaking for you,” came the compassionate words of a friend as she held my hand while my shoulders heaved and sobs caught in my throat.
I found myself in circumstances that I could never have predicted nor imagined. In fact, I had tried to obey all the rules, do everything right, and tell the truth, yet it didn’t serve to make me immune from trial or heartache. Quite the contrary, I came to realize that many don’t value the truth.
It felt like the walls were crushing me on every side, with no end in sight. The pain and agony lingered and the longer it lasted, the harder I had to fight to maintain my hope. My very beliefs were being tested. Would I trust my feelings…the very feelings that threatened to hold me in the pit of doubt and despair, or would I stand and trust in God’s truth even when I did not understand?
When my physical and emotional pain were at their peak, I wasn’t sure I could make it. I knew I couldn’t make it alone, nor did I want to. When there seemed no human solution to the dire circumstances, helplessness threatened to engulf me. Surely there must be something I could do?
There was, but at the time, I gave it too little credence: Trust. When times are hard and no answers are ready, we are given the opportunity to grow our faith and become more like Jesus by trusting God to manage our trial.
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2)
“When” and “Will” are two sure words…words that both signify and necessitate trust. They leave no room for doubt or debate. God very clearly warns through His word that we will go through times that threaten to drown us, but we are equally assured that WHEN that happens, God WILL be with us. It also warns that WHEN we go through rivers of difficulty that just keep rushing past us and threatening to knock us off our feet, we WILL NOT drown. WHEN we go through fires of oppressive circumstances, we WILL NOT be burned or consumed by flames.
Heartache and trial will come…that’s the “when.” But the good news is that God offers His hope in the “will” and the “will nots” of His assurances that follow. When my circumstances were grim, I needed to know I would not be alone and that the circumstances wouldn’t do me in and consume me. As long as I could know and trust that, I had hope and hope will sustain us through the darkest days because it attests to God’s faithfulness.
All of us have our “when” and “will” scenarios. In the comments below, I’d love to hear about a time when you can look back and see that He was faithful to get you through.
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
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