Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Through faith, we are saved as Ephesians 2:8–9 promises… (8) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast… Now we enter into unending promises, fears and pain are a thing of the past, and everything will be sunshine and lollipops, right? Unfortunately, we are not promised a life of sunshine and lollipops are going to be few and far between… well, hopefully, you get a few more lollipops than I do anyway. That is another story for a different day.
I think far too often we feel absolutely alone in this life, even when there are literally hundreds of people around. When things get tough, we seek out our own strength, we deal with them in “our own way.” The Lord further explains why we should fear not… for I am with you! He is with us, what a great promise! Who better to have by our side as we are going through the ups and downs of this life? Paul provides us with the promise he believes in Romans 8:38–39… (38) For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord… Nothing can separate us from the love of God. No matter what we are going through, He will be right there to comfort us, to lead us, and to strengthen us!
He Will Strengthen Us
Is there any better promise that what we find in Philippians 4:13? As a reminder, it promises… (13) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me… Not I can do some things, not I can do many things, I can do all things! How? Through Christ who strengthens me! The question is… Do we live in that strength?
Why Do We Go Through Tough Times?
James 1:2–4 gives us further explanation of tough times… (2) My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing… For me, difficulties are easier to handle when I know there is a reason. James explains that our tough times are to test our faith, that testing leads to patience and that patience leads us to completeness. If we want to be complete, we must endure the trials.
Life is tough sometimes, unbearable in others, but there is a great promise at the end! The promise of eternal salvation more than makes up for these temporary troubles. While facing trials and tribulations, do so knowing that the Lord is by your side!
1 Peter 5:6–7 (NKJV)
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.