Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:
“A righteous (woman) may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers (her) from them all.”
Psalm 34: 19
“Where Is God When I Need Him Most?”
“God does not lead His children around hardship, but leads them straight through hardship. But He leads! And amidst the hardship, He is nearer to them than ever before.”
Have I faced an experience in my life that has caused me so much distress I have asked “Where is God?”
“He knows our sorrows, not merely as He knows all things, but as one who has been in our situation, and who, though without sin Himself, endured when upon earth inexpressibly more for us than He will ever lay upon us.”
“God tries our faith so we may try His faithfulness.”
I think each of us, if we looked deep inside ourselves, could say that at one time or another in our lives, we’ve questioned God’s purpose and wondered if He really knew what He was doing. In my own life, there have been several occasions when I doubted the faithfulness of God. Things in my life seemed so out of control and the trials I faced were so great, I decided maybe if I ignored God, He would leave me alone. For in my time of discouragement, I told myself that knowing God certainly didn’t seem to be helping me out of the trouble I was in.
Has the same thing ever happened to you? You face such overwhelming obstacles that your grip on God seems to be getting less each day. And because you think He isn’t doing anything for you – you find yourself doubting His love. Sometimes, this crisis in our faith lasts for a few moments and other times it can get a stranglehold on us for years. It is in these times of spiritual peril that God does something very interesting. He did it with Moses, before the great exodus. He did it with Job, before his restoration to health. And He did it to Elijah, when he hid in a cave from Jezebel. When all three of these great men of faith were asked by God to carry heavy burdens and face tremendous difficulties, they all began to question God. When Moses was told to go to Pharaoh and ask for the release of the children of Israel, he said to God “How can I do this?” Exodus 4: 10, 11 is a record of his argument with God. “I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” Moses was basically saying, “Who do you think I am? I can’t do what You asked.” Then there’s Job. He, too, questioned God. “Is it good unto Thee that Thou shouldest despise the work of Thy hands? Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet Thou dost destroy me?” Job wants God to answer the BIG question we all have at one time or another in our lives – “Why me? What did I do to deserve all this trouble?” And then there’s Elijah! From the doorway of a cave he shouts to God, “Why me? Haven’t I stood up for You when everybody else took off? Haven’t I been faithful to You?”
To all of these heroes in the Bible God did the same thing. When Moses’ questioned God, when Job questioned God, when Elijah questioned God, God returned the favor by asking each one of them a question.
1. Moses: “I can’t talk. I am a slow speaker. Why me?”
God: “Who hath made man’s mouth?” (Exodus 4:11)
2. Job: “I haven’t done anything wrong. Why me?”
God: “Where wast Thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?” (Job 38: 6)
3. Elijah: “I’ve been the only one standing up for you. Why me?”
God: “What doest thou here, Elijah?”
To all three, God asks a question that takes their, “Why me?” and points the arrow directly in the opposite direction at God – the God with the power and the glory and the love and the compassion. The God we can trust!
God said to Moses, “Don’t worry about your speech. Who do you think made you? Trust me!”
God said to Job, “Don’t fret about the trouble you see all around you right now. Who do you think has the universe under His control?”
God said to Elijah, “Don’t run from some evil woman who threatens you. Who do you think has His hand over your life?”
What God was saying to these three is “YOU CAN TRUST ME! I created you. I will take care of you. I have a purpose for you.”
Today, if you are questioning God because of all the difficulties you are facing, never forget. He made you. He will take care of you. He has a purpose for you. You can trust Him!
“In God alone there is faithfulness
and faith in the trust that we may
hold to Him, to His promise and
to His guidance. To hold to God
is to rely on the fact that God is
there for me, and to live in this
“I will say to the Lord,
He is my refuge and my fortress:
My God; in Him will I trust.”
Psalm 91: 2
“In searching for God’s purpose – the reasons behind events – I saw that whenever I had come to Jesus stripped of pretensions, with a needy spirit, ready to listen to him and to receive what He had for me, He had met me at my point of need. He can make the difference in every human situation.
The word impossible melts away with Him. He knows no defeat and can turn every failure and frustration into unexpected victory. He can reverse a doctor’s grim prognosis. With Him, a seemingly dark and desolate future becomes a joyous new life.
I know all this to be true because I have lived it. I have met God at moments when the straight road turns, and He has picked me up, wiped away my tears, and set me back on the path of life.”
Catherine Marshall Le Sourd
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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