Just Trust Him!
“The LORD gives His people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace.”
Webster's Dictionary describes tribulation as: “severe trial or suffering”. In the midst of tribulations, where do you go to draw strength and peace when you are suffering? Do you often feel alone and cut-off from life? Are your thoughts negative? Do you think there is no one who understands; and your hope is all gone?
An evening prayer, from the “1979 U.S. Book of Common Prayer,” recognizes life is not all joy and peace and there are many other people who are experiencing severe tribulations. It states: “Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen”.
For God's people, great comfort comes when Jesus communicates to his disciples to take courage because He will not abandon them when they become filled with anxiety when they face struggles and tribulations. Jesus stated in John 16: “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”.
Helen Steiner Rice wrote a soothing poem titled, “Meet Life's Trials With Smiles”. She wrote: “There are times when life overwhelms us...And our trials seem too many to bear;...It is then we should stop to remember...God is standing by ready to share...The uncertain hours that confront us...And fill us with fear and despair,...For God in His goodness has promised...That the cross that He gives us to wear...Will never exceed our endurance...Or be more than our strength can bear...And secure in that blessed assurance...We can smile as we face tomorrow...For God holds the key to the future...And no sorrow or care we need to borrow”.
Jesus did not promise God's people freedom from their tribulations, frustrations, and struggles. They ought not be stunned when they appear, and not panic during their stressful time. His people must not carry them alone, instead place your trust in God. The apostle Peter stated in 1 Peter 5:7: “throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon Him, for you are His personal concern.” (J.B. Phillips).
Take abundant consolation by knowing you are not alone during the times of challenges. Jesus Christ will not cut you off because He will give to you moment by moment strength to bear the trouble, and the strength to endure. Trust Him during this time of tribulation, as He is “standing by”, and drawing you close to Him to bless you with His peace. Just trust Him!
Lord God, thank You for drawing us close to bless us with Your peace. Help us to always rely upon You for strength and courage during tribulations. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington