and Hope for the Weary!
by Tamara Eaton
have experienced trials in several areas lately and just as the Lord
has comforted me, I would like to comfort those of you who may also
be in a season of trial. Perhaps you're battling depression because
of feelings of inadequacy, or health problems or financial worries.
You may feel nervous and fearful over your mid-life pregnancy or
experiencing conflicts with relatives or friends. Whatever your
circumstances, God is more than willing to meet your needs and give
you peace and rest in the midst of them!
has not only made provision for all of our needs, but He has
promised to forgive us of all of our sins, so that nothing can
separate us from Him.
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or
distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or
sword?.... Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death,
nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things
present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other
creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
temptation during a trial is to put the rest of our lives "on
hold" while we battle depression over our seemingly unanswered
prayers. Yet, this is the time we must be all the more faithful
to trust not in our wavering emotions and circumstances, but in the
all powerful, holy righteous God-- Who sees all, understands
all, and is continually working in our lives, whether we have
physical evidence of it or not!
have a choice-- we can wallow
in despair or boldly proclaim His Word is true and He is worthy of
all our praise regardless of the circumstances! Even if God seems
silent for a time, He has given us His Word that will endure forever
and is always available for comfort.
during a trial, I'll wake up first thing in the morning with a
heaviness. If this is left unchecked, my whole day could be wasted
in worries and defeat. Instead, I try to immediately put on the
"garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness" (Isa.61:3)
and the "full armour of God" (Eph.6:13-18) and
begin to pray and meditate upon God's Word to get
"recharged" for the day. God has given us His Word to use
to defeat the enemy and the negative thoughts that assault our mind.
Just like Jesus used the Word during His temptation in the
wilderness to defeat the enemy ("It is written..."MT 4; MK
4), we also can use His Word to overcome our battles.
believe that often the Lord uses these times of trial to draw us
closer to Him, to allow us to renew our commitment to be "set
apart" unto Him, and as a reminder to not get too caught up
with the cares of this life or distracted because of physical
infirmities or someone's criticisms or anything else. He is
tugging at our hearts saying, "Come closer, I want to do a
deeper work in you!"
let's yield to Him, and allow Him to do that precious work in our
lives. Put on the praise music
and worship Him! Make time to saturate yourself in His Word,
allowing it to comfort you and build you up in faith. Commune with
the Lord, day and night and let Him flood you with His grace and
mercy and strength. Allow Him to help you redeem each day, not
wasting one hour in defeat. Enjoy your family, reach out to others,
seek to glorify Him in everything you do and say!
Elliot has shared how her mother's teaching of "Do the next
thing" helped her so much during the days after her first
husband, Jim Elliot, was killed by Auca Indians in Ecuador, leaving
her to raise their young daughter alone as she continued their
missionary work in the jungles, and later when her second husband
died of cancer. She found this poem in her mother's things and I
share it here hoping that it will encourage you as much as it has
the Next Thing
From an old English parsonage down by the sea
There came in the twilight a message for me;
Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,
Hath, as it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.
And on through the hours the quiet words ring,
Like a low inspiration: DO THE NEXT THING.
Many a questioning, many
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, guidance, are given.
Fear not tomorrows, Child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus. DO THE NEXT THING.
Do it immediately; do it
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand
Who placed it before thee with earnest command,
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing,
Leave all resultings. DO THE NEXT THING.
Looking to Jesus, ever
(Working or suffering) be thy demeanor.
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance be thy psalm.
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing!
Then, as He beckons thee, DO THE NEXT THING.
may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, which
hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good
hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every
good word and work."
Thessalonians 2:16-17 )
More Comfort from Scriptures:
the word unto Thy servant, upon which Thou hast caused me to hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction: for Thy word hath quickened
me." (Psalm 119:49)
are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance
and my God." (Psalm
am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our
tribulation. For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no
rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings,
within were fears. Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are
cast down, comforted us..." (2 Corinthians 7:4-6)
be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our
tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any
trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our
learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures
might have hope." (Romans 15:4)
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