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We don’t like to think about the hard times and situations the Lord allows in our lives. Even more, we don’t like to experience them when they happen. Maybe we think that He has abandoned us in those times. Maybe we doubt that He cares. But sometimes the Lord allows difficulties in our lives to crush us, humble us and rework us, molding us into something new. Just like grapes are crushed for wine — the crushing isn’t a pleasant experience, but it’s necessary. In the book of Micah, the prophet speaks to the nation of Israel, telling them they…

“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” II Corinthians 5:7 I have always enjoyed reading stories about the early settlers who left their homes behind and made the long journey to settle in the west. They had no idea of all the difficulties they faced, and there were many who lost their lives on the journey. In many cases as they looked at the mountains they were approaching, they wondered how they would ever make it across. But somehow most of them found a way. In books at least, when faced with the impossible, they always found a way…

How often have you said, “I just wish someone understood me?” This verse reminds us once again that God really does understand what we are going through. Jesus is no stranger to pain and suffering. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). Prayer: Lord Jesus, when I think of the rejection and agony You experienced on the cross, all of my difficulties fade…