Life throws us into mires of difficulty. Are these times meant to break us? Hurt us? Or are these times to test our faith and challenge our trust in God? When we find ourselves in situations without provision, position, job or savings, it can feel more crushing than challenging. When we have been doing all we know to serve the Lord and follow Him, we can be tempted to question our circumstances. Yet, when we have placed our heart before Him and asked Him to search us, we can be assured that wherever we find ourselves, the Lord is everpresent. He will not desert us.
“I called upon Your name, O Lord, out of the depths [of the mire] of the dungeon. You heard my voice: O hide not Your ear at my prayer for relief. You drew near on the day I called to You: You said, Fear not.” Lamentations 3:55-56.
God’s prophet, Jeremiah, once found himself lowered into a miry pit, without water or food. [Jeremiah 38:6] Jeremiah had simply been doing what God told him to do. The Lord didn’t leave Jeremiah there to die. Ebedmelech, an Ethiopian eunuch, heard what had happened to him and went to the King to intercede on Jeremiah’s behalf. Just as God provided for Jeremiah’s release from that dungeon, God will hear our cries for help. He may provide a friend, or stranger to help us. He may lay it upon a family member to help us. But we can trust God to hear us and not to abandon us. Our Lord still tells us, to “fear not”.
PRAYER: Lord, You know our needs today. You know our difficulty, the mire in which we’ve found ourselves. I know we can trust in You, dear Father, for provision and protection. Show us again, Your sustaining power. Lift us up and let all rejoice in You.
© Hariette Petersen, SelahV Today, 2010