Life often brings challenges, disappointments, and heartaches. As I write this, I’m thinking of the families affected by Pittsburgh’s tragedy and the plane crash in Indonesia. What can one say to console them?
Closer to home, I’m thinking of three friends whose husbands—all of them professing Jesus followers—have walked away from their marriages since June.
I’m thinking of family and friends struggling with cancer and chronic illnesses, and one who recently entered widowhood.
When life hurts, our human bent focuses on fear. We might entertain thoughts of our circumstances being unfair. We may even question God’s goodness.
Times like this test our faith. Here are three truths to remember even if God seems silent or doesn’t rush to our rescue as we wish He would.
- Truth #1 – God never changes. “I am the LORD, and I do not change,” He declares in Malachi 3:6. In the midst of our uncertainties, His rock-sure stability and promises remain the same.
- Truth #2 – God is always ready to help. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” We can call on Him day or night. He’s never too busy to hear our cries.
- Truth #3 – God is good. “Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him,” says Psalm 34:8. When life hurts, God’s goodness comforts and carries us. It surrounds us like a shield, fills us with strength, and make us overcomers.
Remembering truths about who God is helps us hang onto hope when life hurts.
What truth about His character brings you hope?
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