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Jan 24
2008
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Suffering in Crisis - How God Fits In

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CEN's Pat Police provides this commentary on God's presence in crisis situations.   Know of someone who needs this perspective?   Do you?   CEN encourages Bible reading so that the truths of God therein sink deep into one's soul; truths that are desparately needed when doubts and fears begin to creep around us....

 

One of Satan’s first strategic assaults on our stability in the midst of suffering is to attack our confidence in God.   Even the strongest people get tired at times, but God’s power and strength never diminish.   He is never too tired or too busy to help and listen.   His strength is our source of strength.

So it is with us in the midst of suffering. When you feel all of life crushing you and you cannot go another step, remember that you can call upon God to renew your strength.

“O Israel, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles?   How can you say God refuses to hear your case?   Have you never heard or understood?   Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth?   He never grows faint or weary.   No one can measure the depths of His understanding.   He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; He offers strength to the weak.   Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up.   But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength.   They will fly high on wings like eagles.   They will run and not grow weary.   They will walk and not faint.”   (Isaiah 40: 27-31)

Isaiah describes God’s power to create, his provision to sustain, and his presence to help.   God is almighty and all powerful; but even so, he cares for each of us personally.   No person or thing can be compared to God.   We describe God as best we can with our limited knowledge and language, but we only limit our understanding of him and his power when we compare him to what we experience on earth.   What is your concept of God, especially as revealed in his Son, Jesus Christ?   Don’t limit his work in your life by underestimating him.

There are principles that cannot and must not be compromised.   They govern the engagement.   Those who trust those rules of conflict will find great security and refuge, even in life’s darkest hours.   The reality of God’s permission for all that enters our lives, guaranteed by that which is consistent with His nature and under girded by His unfailing presence are certain rules of engagement.   Grasping these nonnegotiable principles is essential to our successful response to trouble.   They lead us to find refuge and strength in God.   Is it any wonder that God’s Word commands us to be “strong in the Lord” (Ephesians 6:10)?

One of Satan’s first strategic assaults on our stability in the midst of suffering will be to attach our confidence in God.   You can count on it.   If he can somehow get us to blame God and turn our backs on Him, he has won the day, and our undoing is sure.   If you have ever walked through a swamp, you know that your feet are constantly searching for something solid to stand on - a rock, a stump, or dry ground.   When we find something solid, we put our weight on it for stability.   Though we are still in the swamp, we are safe and secure.

We can choose to sink in the mire of the question marks of uncertainty, or we can cling to the exclamation points of that which is certain.

In the midst of Job’s suffering, his wife counseled him to “curse God and die!” (Job 2:9)   But Job refused to do so.   He affirmed, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job 13:15 KJV).   Since Job knew that God could not deny Himself and the solid foundation of His nature, Job would not deny his God.

Where is God when it hurts?   He is right there at the gate of our existence, guaranteeing all that comes by His changeless nature and granting to us the assurance of His loving presence.

In times of trouble we must resist the question marks of WHY and concentrate on WHO.   Once we understand who it is that stands beside us in trouble, our confidence will be strong.   When we trust in Him, He will teach us how to triumph in our pain and reach the point of glory.  


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