In times of trials remember: The arm or the hand of the Lord is not shortened that it cannot save - nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. I say this in response to difficult situations, poor health, disobedient children, financial troubles and, among many other things, despair.
"Behold, the LORD’S hand
is not shortened,
that it cannot save;
neither his ear heavy,
that it cannot hear:”
How great is the Hand of the Lord? He who holds His hand over the sea… He who shakes the trees of the wilderness… He who calms the sea that the wind and the waves obey Him… If He can do all this He will surely deliver us from this time of troubles.
There is nothing too hard for the Lord. I may face a mountain of troubles, I may grieve or struggle with health problems, disappointment, loss or financial trials - but I DO know this – there is nothing too hard for the Lord. Nothing. There is no life, no situation, no trial, no hardship too hard for the Lord. The enemy, the devil, wants us to believe that we are without hope, that we have failed too many times - or worse, we might not be failing at the moment, it’s only a matter of time where we will fail again and then again we will be too far beyond hope - beyond hope of ever doing better - ever getting things right. The enemy may even persuade us to believe that our life is of little use - of little or no worth - that we are the only ones with the type of troubles or the sins or the continuing destructive habits.
I recently took a class taught by our Pastor---Spiritual Development---many things we learned I've been trying (key word here is trying) to put these things into practice. Satan is always lurking around every corner he is at once our tempter, deceiver and accuser. Satan used this current trial we are in to tempt me. I became bitter, angry, upset, I was in constant worry ect. That is sin!! Just what he wants. It's easy to say...I just need to give it all to God....just not easy doing it. We as humans want to be in control and I think that we feel if we give things over to God we are not in control. We are NOT in control of our lives God is!! Isn't life a lot easier with Him in control??? I know it is for me. Oh you will still have your trials...He uses these to mold us into what he has planned for our lives...to strengthen us.
When we turn to God, we turn to the Truth: And we hear: “Is my hand shortened at all…?”
I think of the verse:
“This poor man cried,
and the LORD heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.”
You see, the Lord hears and the Lord heals and the Lord lifts. He is at once indeed Jehovah-jireh (the Lord our provider) and Jehovah-rapha (the Lord our healer) and Jehovah-shammah (The Lord is present) and Jehovah-Shalom (the Lord our peace). If you have never done a study on the names of God you really should!! It is such a blessing! I have a notebook that I've started writing them down in.
He is our All in all - I do know this....He saved ME. And if He thought enough to save me, He will surely save YOU. I cried and the LORD heard me and saved me out of my troubles.
"That all the people of the earth
the hand of the LORD,
that it is mighty:
that ye might fear the LORD
your God for ever."
We trust in and proclaim His greatness… we consider that His arm is not short nor His hand shortened that it cannot save. Over the past week I have thought many times on the hand of the LORD. But the Lord has never stopped providing for us. He is ever present, ever able, ever waiting, ever watching, ever providing, ever preparing, ever guiding, ever preventing… and on and on: ever able. And I marvel that the hand of the Lord is never shortened that it cannot save - no matter what, no matter when. All we need to do is reach out to Him in our times of need. Don't ask why, how, or where...just say Ok Lord...If you brought us to it you will bring us through it!! Trust me this is NOT easy to do when you are in the middle of a trial of any kind.
In the same notebook I mentioned above I've also started a blessings journal where I write down the daily blessings I've seen. No matter how small they may seem. God gives us many blessings during the course of a day. It has really helped me in this time of trials. Thanks to ALL who have been praying for us...leaving comments here on my blog...and on Facebook!! It has really meant a lot to me. It has also opened my eyes on many things. Like the verse says:
"As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."