Jill Jarrell Newsome
Life Can Be Hard
I ran across a Bible verse that I do not ever remember reading. Even when I was diagnosed I do not remember seeing this verse. Not sure if I have or not. But what I do know is that God gave me this verse when He Knew I needed it. Psalm 112: 7, "They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord." I thought of all the people right now who have gotten bad news - loss of job, diagnosis, death, failed relationships, finances, etc. As someone told my husband the other day, "life is not easy." No it is not and we were never promised it would be.
I am thankful that when we go through hard times we can turn to God. And the more we do that the more it becomes second nature. For me, it is easier to turn over the big things than the little things. The big things I KNOW I cannot handle. I cannot handle the little things either but I wrestle with it longer! This verse has given me peace.
Scripture can give us peace because it is God speaking to us. He is letting me know, "Jill, have no fear of bad news; your heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord." I am firm in my belief that God is in control and wants what is best for me. As I used to say when I was sick, "it is what it is." We cannot change the circumstance but we can change my outlook. We can trust God knowing He will never leave us or forsake us. Deuteronomy 31: 6, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The more we trust God with our circumstances the more it becomes a habit. We learn we don’t have to be paralyzed by fear. Apostle Paul told in his letter to the Romans, that God promises that He will make all things work together for good in the believer’s life. Romans 8: 28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." You have a steadfast heart because you have learned to trust God through circumstances in the past. You have seen God come through for you.
If we say we know Jesus, if we say "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble,” then we don’t have to fear and fall apart every time bad news comes. Whatever our situation is we can be sure God is in charge. God can perform miracles. Anything and I mean anything can happen! While things may not go the way we want we can know that God will be with us whatever we face. He loves us and knows our heart. We will always be His child.
Remember, thank Him for the hard times because that is when we grow in Him! It does not mean we are happy about our circumstances it means we know God will show us His grace and goodness. Psalm 34: 1-3, "I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace. I will boast of all his kindness to me. Let all who are discouraged take heart. Let us praise the Lord together and exalt his name."
What hard times are you thankful for? Have you thanked God for those times?