When we face difficulty in our own lives and often when we see it in the lives of others, it is easy for us to cry out in despair and wonder if God has either forgotten us or forsaken us. Anyone who claims they have never reached this point... is either being dishonest, is in denial or for some reason the enemy does not consider them to be a threat. Jesus Christ himself experienced this and if He id, how much more so shall we?
This past Sunday morning, I stood in church and along with a number of other people sang a song called, "You Have Conquered". Tears filled my eyes as I remembered standing on the brink of my own "grave" and how God reached down and "held" me. In many respects these past four years have been the most difficult in my entire life and yet in other respects, they have been the most glorious. Go figure!
My world is a very different place than what it was in November 2007. I've been broken in body and mind in a way that most people (thankfully) will never experience. And yet, I know with every fiber of my being that these words are true:
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Isaiah 43:2 (NLT) Why? Because I have experienced "deep waters" and God was there. I have gone through "rivers of difficulty" and I have not drowned. I have walked through the fire of oppression not understanding why things had to happen and whether or not I would have to endure them for the rest of my natural life but I am still here. "Fire" has swept around my physical body but I am still here... I am still tucked away in God's hand.
Regardless of what you are facing, you must always remember that God has conquered. He is stronger. Even when the waters rise and the fire seems to be roaring about you, even when your world is shaken and broken into, remember. He has conquered and He will bring you through this. One way or another, He will bring you through.
A lot in the OT deals with trials and afflictions. Lamentations is one example. God is pure Holiness, and has purpose in all He does. Even a literal hell. 'All to Jesus, I surrender', is a great song. No true peace without doing that. Trust Him in every way. Good message. God Bless sister.
What an awesome song!
Music speaks to me so much and I'm so happy you posted that video, I've never heard that song before.
I suffer from kidney stones, and I remember one particular time when I was in so much pain about to go to the ER when my dad stopped what he was doing and just started to pray very quietly. A few minutes later the pain just went away. It was incredible. God was there and delivered me from that horrible pain.
Even when I didn't know it, He was there.
He is an awesome God!!
Thank you for sharing this!
God bless you!
Thank you again. dear Sister for sharing of the goodness of the Lord! The trials we roll through and Him always being faithful and true! Glory! God Bless you richly! Dave