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In Touch 4-4-05

  • 2005 Apr 04

In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Monday April 4, 2005
God's Presence in Hard Times

Genesis 37:12-36

We are hurting, circumstances are outside our control, and we see no relief for the future. What can we be sure of?

God is with us in our troubles. God's presence through His Spirit comforts us because He knows us intimately. He gives us what we need—His love and strength, a sense of security, and the knowledge that we are not alone. Our Lord understands what it is like to suffer, to be rejected, or to lose a loved one. He comprehends the temptations and obstacles we face. He has assigned Himself the task of carrying His children's burdens (Psalm 68:19) and offers peace for our hurting hearts. The God who walks with us is not limited by anything, so we need not be afraid. (Matthew 19:26)


God has a purpose for allowing hard times.The story of Joseph clearly illustrates this truth. Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery, but God planned that these years would prepare him to become Prime Minister of Egypt. Joseph could not see God's purpose—and neither will we most of the time—but he knew God's character and trusted Him through his many trials. His faith was rewarded when he was able to rescue his family. (Genesis 45:1-8)


We are called to live a life of faith. That means believing God's promises even if our circumstances confound us. When troubles surround you, remember what is true. God will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5) and His good purposes will be carried out. (Philippians 2:13)



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