Tough Times and Hard Circumstances

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Psalm 43:5 ERV; Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? I tell myself, “Wait for God’s help! You will again have a chance to praise him, your God, the one who will save you.”

It’s so difficult to watch friends and family go through tough times and hard circumstances, isn’t it! There seems to be no way around it, over it or through it, tests and trials will come. The first thing we want to do is ‘rescue them’! Especially our children or grandchildren, right? But how many know that when we impulsively do that, we may be hindering the work that God is trying to do in their lives to refine them. Your children know you, so they’ve come to trust in you. They know that they can come to you for help and you will help them. But guess what? God wants that kind of relationship with them as well and each time you step in, you are prolonging the process. Just as you have learned through trials to trust in God, so God wants your children to trust in him as well.

Jesus said, in John 16:33 that trials were inevitable, but he also said that we are never to stay focused on the trial! He said to be cheerful because he overcame. We as blood bought children of God must know that because HE overcame, we overcome! It is far better that I give my children the Word and teach them to trust in God then to rescue them every time they have a problem in their life. I know first hand what it means to ‘rescue’ my children. Let me share a story with you this morning.

About 14 years ago, I was driving to a church to minister in music. My mind was on a situation one of my girls were going through at the time when I clearly heard the Lord say to me, “Stop trying to be god to your children!” That caught me off guard and I asked, “How am I doing that, Lord?” He answered, “Each time you try to rescue them, you are training them to look to you, not me. They will never learn to come to me for help if you always bail them out each time they go through hard times. You are hindering my work at maturing them for the work I have called them to. If you continue doing so, I will remove you so that they have no other choice but to come to me.”

Needless to say, that very afternoon I called a family meeting and informed them that the ‘money tree’ had died. I began teaching them how to trust in the Lord and in His promises. It has NOT been easy for me or them. There have been times where it pushed my face to the floor many times as I cried out to the Lord for them. What it did do, is build a strong foundation of faith and trust in God for them and myself. I’ve learned that God doesn’t need my help, he needs my words. I’m not to come to him whining over what I see, I’m to see as He does and declare the finished work. Everyday I thank God for what He’s done for us, watching over us and drawing us ever closer to Him. He is a faithful Father.

God, I know you love me! You show it to me each and everyday of my life. I wake up with breath, strength and energy to face the day. You know what I will face and what I will need, and you know it for my family as well. I trust you with them. I thank you that your Word says that you will never see the righteous forsaken nor their seed begging bread. I have your assurance that regardless of the economy, regardless of the money they make or don’t make, you alone are their source and provider. I will not be afraid, for you have placed your angels around them to keep them in all their ways. A thousand may fall at their right hand and ten thousand at their left, but it will not come near them. They will see it, but their heart will not faint, for they trust in You. I place all my hope in you, Lord. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

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