By LuAnn Edwards
How do we endure the hard times? What about those seasons in our lives that we would never choose for ourselves? Do we remain faithful, sharing patience and grace?
Pastor Cook began a new series Sunday called, Quitting Time. This series is based on the book of Jeremiah dealing with long-term faithfulness in extremely challenging situations.
Jeremiah was called by God to be a prophet at the time of Jerusalem’s exile. Jeremiah was not too excited about the task and came up with a couple of excuses which did not deter God in any way. Jeremiah said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young” (Jeremiah 1:6). God’s response should be an encouragement to each of us who feel as inadequate as Jeremiah did to step out in faith and trust the Lord. “…Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you…” (Jeremiah 1:7-8).
God was preparing to send judgment upon His people due to their forsaking Him and their worshiping of idols. He wanted Jeremiah to be prepared for the difficult times ahead and again in verse 19 said, “…for I am with you and will rescue you…”
When faced with life’s challenges it is good for us to speak to God. Tell Him what we are feeling, and ask Him to show us why. Lean upon His strength. He is with us during our times of struggle and major setbacks.
The knowledge of the presence of God in our lives, walking with us, rescues us from defeat and discouragement. –Michael M. Cook
God is with us no matter what the circumstance.
Even if we are currently not going through a challenging life situation, we should always be prepared to share from our heart a message of hope and strength with those who are hurting, “God is with you and will rescue you.”
We will come up against some challenging times in our own lives, but we can count on God and His promises to us. His Word says in Hebrews 13:5, “…Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” If you have surrendered your life to Christ, this promise is for you.