“Buck-up” therapy. You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? In fact, we all have probably subscribed to the philosophy. Pretending that nothing is wrong, we gamely appear to be unaffected by the conflict and stress that fills our lives. After all, asking for help is often perceived as a sign of weakness. The tendency to bluff our way through our problems often prevents us from receiving the help and support we desire. We need each other, and we need God. None of us are capable of maneuvering through the obstacles of life without a Savior.
Prayer: Dear Lord, You are our refuge, a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). Thank You for allowing us to come before You without masks or pretense. You are our safe place.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
How many times have we heard, “Why didn’t He help me sooner?” It is not His order. He must first adjust you to the trouble and cause you to learn from it. God’s promise is, “I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” He must be with you in the trouble day and night, and then He will take you out of it. This doesn’t come until you have stopped fretting and have become calm and quiet. Then He will say, “It is enough.”
God uses trouble to teach His children precious lessons. They are intended to educate us. There is a sweet joy and real value in them. He doesn’t regard them as difficulties, but as opportunities.
Not always OUT of our troublous times,
And the struggles fierce and grim,
But IN – deeper IN –
To our sure rest,
The place of our peace, in Him.
by Annie Johnson Flint
Prayer: Mighty God, I feel as though You are putting me through a time of testing and I don’t want to miss the lesson You want me to learn. I take You at Your Word. Let my life prove that Your promises are always fulfilled! Amen.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 in the King James Version of the Bible)
God may not rescue us immediately from our trial, but we must understand that He has a greater purpose in mind. We can rest secure in the peace that He gives us right here; right now in the middle of our storm. Let’s determine in our heart to always run to Him in times of distress, in times of difficulty and in times of despair.
Prayer: You are the strength of my life. I bless you, O Lord, for being my refuge.