Have you ever found yourself in circumstances that you never could have imagined or anticipated?
Or, suffered through trials even though you had done everything right and obeyed all the rules?
When trials come and our feelings threaten to fill us with doubt and hold us in a pit of despair, we have a decision to make. Will we stand firm and trust in God and His Word even when we don’t understand? Even when we’ve done nothing to deserve the trial?
In the midst of hard times and dire circumstances, helplessness can come in like a flood. How do you respond? Try to go it alone or look at circumstances as an opportunity to grow in faith and trust God to manage the trial?
“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)
In this scripture, the words “when” and “will” leave no room for doubt or debate. They are definite and certain. God warns us we’ll go through hard times with deep waters and rivers of difficulty that threaten to drown us. But, He will be with us. We can trust Him. Those waters may threaten to knock us down, but we won’t drown. And, when the fire of oppression comes, we will not be consumed.
Hard times and trials will come…that’s the “when.” But, there is good news! In the “will” and the “will nots”, God offers HOPE. In our darkest days, we can maintain our hope and trust God because He is faithful. We will not go through the trials alone. He will be with us.
We’ve all gone through trials. On the other side, can you look back and see the faithfulness of God in your situation? His Hand is always at work.
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
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For more helpful information about what you need to know when you have a depressed loved one, read here: http://drmichellebengtson.com/10-things-to-know-if-you-have-a-depressed-loved-one/
For more about what not to say to a depressed loved one, read here: http://drmichellebengtson.com/what-not-to-say-when-a-loved-one-is-depressed/ while here are suggestions about supportive things you can say to a depressed loved one: http://drmichellebengtson.com/what-to-say-when-a-loved-one-is-depressed/
To learn more about “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression,” Dr. Bengtson’s book, see: http://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book.
And, for the Bible Study, see: http://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-bible-study/.