We all may experience pain that feels endless, situations that appear hopeless, or waiting that seems unbearable. We may endure moments when the odds against us are stacked high and wide. We may not experience the healing we long for as we continue trusting Christ. But even then, Jesus invites us to keep reaching for Him, to trust Him and never give up hope, and to believe He is always able, always trustworthy, and always within reach.
Sometimes in life, negative thoughts can control how we feel. They often cause our emotions to spin out of control; dictating how we react to situations. Dwelling on the negative will breed frustration and discontentment. But just like a coin there is another side; dwelling on the positive will breed joy and contentment.
A recent ad brought a smile to my face, it proclaimed, “The most comfortable socks in the history of feet.” Then, extending its claim of good news for feet even further, the advertiser said that because socks remain the most requested clothing item at homeless shelters, for every pair of socks purchased the company would donate a pair to someone in need…
How comforting it is to know that wherever we go, God is there with us. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations and wonder if God is even there. We may feel so alone and depressed. We can’t feel God’s presence, and we need His guidance and help. But know this truth; God is with us, leading us, guiding us, loving us, and providing for. Even if we can’t see it now, have comfort that No matter what is going on in your life, He is there! God goes where you go.
“Hanging in there”—the Bible calls it perseverance—isn’t possible through mere willpower. We persevere because God promised, over and over, that He’s with us, that He’ll give us strength, and that He’ll accomplish His purposes in our lives. That’s the message He spoke to the Israelites through Isaiah: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).