The Sure Thing

Psalms 48:14For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.”

Often times, there is that bright, shiny, new thing that captures our attention. What might be shiny and new for me, is different for you. Our enemy watches diligently to see what it is that captures our attention and then seeks to capitalize on our weaknesses.

Thus, what we trust and lean upon for strength is vital. It matters little what comes out of our mouth. But, when the trouble comes and we are in dire straights; it is what we trust; Who we run to that matters most.

Some will say; “I trust God” and then at the slightest hint of trouble, they run to the medicine cabinet or the liquor bottle; all to escape having to face the trouble ahead. Our enemy presses and turns up the pressure to divide our hearts against the God we say we trust.

Some may have been allowed to suffer wounds at the hand of another while others are collateral damage of another’s poor choices. Others face some truly daunting mountains ahead. Some are financial, others are relational. Some face consequences so immense that it may seem removing us from the equation is a viable option.

Then comes that voice saying;

“No one cares.”

“It will stop the pain.”

“Why don’t you just end it all?”

The rise in suicides among young people is staggering. We hear of some whose lives seem to be highly successful, stopped short by something they viewed as impassable, unsolvable or just plain impossible.

For the child of God, it should not be so because we serve the God of the impossible.

Luke 1:37For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

Luke 18:27And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

Please do not misunderstand me. The issues you and I face are very real. Real enough that they touch us to our core. But I stand here today to tell you that God is real. Just as real as the nose on your face. He is the Creator of the universe. He is Sovereign over all. If you are saved, He is Savior.

The one thing that keeps us from getting victory is faith; who it is we trust when things go sideways. Throughout God’s Word we find evidence of those who were in dire situations and were delivered.

The Israelites standing on the banks of the Red Sea witht the Egyptian army fastly closing in called out to Moses to save them and He, in turn, pointed toward Heaven and simply said – watch what God can do.

You see, in the time of trouble, we forget the past victories God has won for us. We are blinded to the times God answered prayer. We fail to recall the protection we enjoy, the provision of His hand and the power He gave seemingly right at the precise moment we needed it.

And even when we do remember, a small voice of doubt creeps in and says;

“That may have been yesterday, but God doesn’t care for you now – look what you did!”

“Loser!”

“Why would God do something for YOU???”

I have to remind myself and my enemy just who I am in Christ and Who he accuses of abandoning me.

The verse here in Psalms 48 and in Hebrews solidifies God’s unfailing promise that He is with me.

Psalms 48:14For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.”

Hebrews 13:5…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

We all face that day – the evil day. That day when we are seemingly at our weakest and our enemy seems stronger than ever. Who we run to, where we take refuge, and how fast we get there matters.

Tell yourself that when trouble comes, it is God we call on; God we run to and God we seek shelter, strength and solace.

Find and memorize verses that speak to your heart and strengthen your faith.

Pray and ask God for a clear mind when the battle comes to recall all that He is and all that He promised. Then, trust that God will do what He said He will do at the time appointed.

Rest in His promise.

Trust in His Word.

God IS faithful!

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