Strength for Hard Times

I am currently listening to Kari Jobe and hoping to attend her concert tonight. If you haven’t heard her music, you really should check it out… It is extraordinarily uplifting and makes me see a brighter side to things that sometimes feel helpless and hopeless…

I know that throughout history, every time God’s people have come under heavy  attack by their enemy, God always retaliates with a major outpouring of His love,  His goodness, and His favor.

The first instance I think of is when God told his people in Exodus:

…I will execute judgment…And the Lord gave the people favor…and they  spoiled the Egyptians (Exodus 12:12, 36).

Their time had come and their enemy couldn’t do a thing to stop them. It was  time for breakthrough. It was  time for flourishing. It was time to show the world the faithfulness of God.

I kno that God is not going to leave me in misery, and pain, feeling oppressed, held back, and restricted.

According to the Bible, tests and trials and hardships and challenges can ONLY last  for a SEASON.

Peter wrote, “You have endured many trials for a LITTLE WHILE” (1 Peter  1:6-11). And Paul said “Our present troubles won’t last  very long…” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

This means that hardship and trials cannot last forever. They are coming to  an end. That’s God’s promise! I believe that God is saying once again, “Enough is  enough, Let My People Go” (Exodus 9:1).

The Psalmist David wrote Psalm 102 during a time of great discouragement. He  starts the chapter by talking about how bad things are. He feels overwhelmed.  What he is going through seems entirely impossible. He needs answers fast…he is  on the verge of giving up. I know the feeling well.

But while David is crying out to the Lord, God  gives him a revelation.  In verse 13 David boldly declares, God will arise and  save His people, “for the time to favor her, yea the set time is come…” (Psalm  102:1-13).

Some days it’s hard not to thing “But WHEN is the set time? When will this be over?”

Looking at all the scriptures above, it seems that God comes through when we have become overwhelmed (as David had) but refuse to give up — then that’s  when God says once again, “Enough is enough. Let my people go!”

To say there is a set time for something means that it is in the plan, in the mind,  and in the will of God. It means nothing can change that which has been set. 

Obviously we all go through hard times, opposition and adversity, but when we have God n our side we WILL overcome.

One of my favorite verses ever is Galatians 6:9, which says “Let us not be weary in  well doing, for in due season we will reap, if we faint not.”

I am refusing to give up. I know there are better things around the corner for me and my family and if continue to due the right thing, I WILL reap a harvest.

This is God’s promise:

But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of  Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in  the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will  remain vital and green (Psalm 92:12-14).

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About Shannon Joy

I am a single mother of two incredible munchkins. I pray a lot, work a lot, learn a lot, volunteer a lot and tend to do a lot... I love my life. The past few years have been an incredible journey, full of ups and downs. Thankfully, I have made the choice to see challenges as opportunities and it makes me so much stronger than I ever thought possible. I love to write and paint and feel that being creative is my God-given talent. I am so excited to share my life and experiences with you. Although I am a diamond in the rough, I known that I am being chiseled and hewn by God's grace and my own perseverance. I love comments and feedback, so please send a little love when you can. I will always try to respond personally and in a timely fashion.
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