If you’ve been following my journey any length of time, you know that God has certainly done great things for us. Through the Hardship series (you can read the start of it here), I’ve detailed our family’s experience through my husband’s third deployment.
It has been one whole, wonderful week since he has been home, and this has been a very joyous time for our family between having Daddy home and celebrating the holidays in this season of our lives.
Over the last week, I’ve been reflecting on the heart of the Samuel verse “consider what great things He has done for you.” And indeed He has. God made a way through the desert place (both metaphorically and literally, considering David was in the middle of the actual desert). Though it was rough, dry, and exhausting, the Lord carried us and provided every need along the way. It is true the He alone is living water, and we could never have survived the journey without Him.
My heart rejoices in this victory.
It was my true encouragement that God gave us this trial tailor-made for us, knowing that it was not too much for us to bear. And it was this confidence that kept me going when I became overwhelmed and discouraged.
In all circumstances, I am to choose joy, and today I am CONSIDERING it all pure JOY.
Despite what treacherous journey God would have us take, I know it is all for His Great Purpose and His Great Plan. Even though it may seem that all life comes up against me, and the burdens of the world weigh me down, I know that the Lord will see me through. He will never leave me nor forsake me. His promises are true, and He is my All in All.
I know several people whose lives are challenged right now with a time of trial, and that may include your life as well. My heart goes out to you. Our difficulties all look different on the outside: chronic sickness, pain, separation or loss of loved ones, hurt and deceit from loved ones, difficulties at work or school, broken relationships, addictions, depression, financial burdens, job loss, and the list goes on and on. But the truth is that on the inside, our tribulations are very much the same. We find common ground at the foot of the cross as we lay down our lives before the God who gave Himself so we can find hope and peace in the ultimate plan He has created. Find encouragement in Christ, my friend, that He knows exactly what you are going through, weeps over your pain, and intercedes for you.
Look to the past and consider what great things God has done for you, and know that He will continue to do the same great works in the future.