ENCOURAGEMENT IN TIMES OF DISTRESS

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.

He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.”

Psalm 107:13-15 New International Version (NIV)

We can go around with a smile on our face but in our heart we can be crying. No matter who we are, life can cause us distress, and we can be in “utter darkness”.

I may experience distress because of prolonged singleness, yet someone who is married may be crying in distress as they feel alone and chained in a loveless marriage. Who can tell what is going on inside hearts and homes?

Even though people may not know our individual troubles, God definitely sees and knows everything that is going on. We need to cry out to Him, continually ask Him to be with us, save us and bring us out of the darkness of our situation.

God is able to break the chains of our circumstances. Our deliverance may happen quickly, but there are times when we have to wait longer than we would want for Him to direct us and open a way. 

Let us remain faithful to God and continue to call on Him. While we wait let us,

“… give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind.” Psalm 107:15.

We can recall the many things that God has done in our lives, the times He has answered prayers in the past, and be thankful that He did not leave us alone. Let the thought of God’s love fill our hearts with hope that He will save us now. 

Stay encouraged.

You Will Have Enough

In times of economic crisis, we can become fearful that we will not have enough to cope with our daily needs.  However this verse encourages us to remember that God is able to provide for us, and he is able to do this in abundance:

And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.

2 Corinthians 9: 8 (AMP)

Regardless of our situation, regardless of the economic climate, God is still in control.  He has unlimited resources.  And as His children, whom He loves, God is able to make His resources available to us when we are in need.

But when we have abundance, which is more than what we need, we are to remember others.  He has given us the abundance, so that we can share what we have with those who are in need.  When we are in a position to show that we care about the needs of those around us or far away from us, we are showing compassion just as Jesus did when he was on earth. By giving, we are being like Him in touching the lives of others for good.

The lesson is for us to receive so that we can give.  To hold on to things in excess of what we need is to stop the flow of love going to those who need it. 

May God open our hearts so we can see how we can do “good work and act of charity.”