When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:2 NLT)

I don’t know what you are going through today.  I don’t know what pain, be it physical, emotional or spiritual, you are suffering right now.  I don’t know, but I know it’s there.  Why?  Because we all suffer from some sort of pain most days.

So many of us paste that smile on our face and go about life.  Others don’t manage that well.  There is a common factor though.  No matter what the situation and no matter how we are handling it, God is there.  If you haven’t turned to Him yet, He is there waiting.  If you have, He is handling it and He is SO much more capable than we are.  We may not see the solution right away.  Our time is not God’s time.  Rest assured.

I think that is the hard part so often.  We feel helpless if we aren’t “handling “it.  And yet, God is there.  He is waiting for us to hand over our burdens to Him so He give you relief and peace.

Yes, there is peace to be had.  But it can only come from He, our Creator, the Alpha and Omega, who sees all and knows all.

Rest in His arms and know all is well.

Pray Unceasingly!!

Lois

Can’t Handle It?  God Already Knows

 “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  (1 Peter 5:5 CSB)

If you start thinking about all the problems you’ve ever had, then you’ll realize that they all have one thing in common: you. When you reach that point, the best choice is to humble yourself and confess your inadequacy.

This is what King Jehoshaphat did when three powerful armies were coming to wage war against him. He said, “We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NLT).  When he confessed, he was able to worship instead of worry.

Confessing your inadequacy can be hard. Humbling yourself is rarely easy or fun.

God wants you to humble yourself because the Bible says, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5 CSB).

Pride repels God’s grace, but humility attracts it. God wants to pour his grace into your life, but he won’t do it as long as pride is in the way. So, you have to humble yourself and confess your inadequacy.

Here’s the great thing about confessing your inadequacy: You’re just telling God what he already knows! When you tell him, “I can’t handle this,” that is no surprise to God. In fact, Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NIV).

But Philippians 4:13 tells the rest of the story: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (NKJV).

Christ is powerful; you are powerless. There is no middle ground. But like the verse says, when we rely on him, Christ will give us strength.

So, when you find yourself facing the impossible, you have to confess your inadequacy. He won’t force himself into your situation. But he is ready and waiting to respond to your confession.

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