From Broken Bread, To Poured Out Wine
The Importance of Claiming God’s Promises When We Are Hurting
During times of crisis, trauma and distress, it is important that you remember the Lord is always near. The Word says, “He is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18.
Saints often make efforts to comfort grieving families by quoting Romans 8:28: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
That promise is a solid anchor when the storms of life beat heavily against us. However, for many of us who have been down the road of death and destruction, it takes us a minute to remember and digest those often quoted scriptures. We know them to be true, we know them to be an anchor for our soul; but often time we are still in shock and disbelief. And we must rely on help from the Holy Spirit to make himself known to us in a more personal and significant way. We know that the Holy Spirit is the comforter. He is the one who can comfort us with the comfort that we ourselves are comforted by.
The Apostle Paul claimed the promise of Romans 8:28 many times before he ever penned his famous letter to the Romans. As one of the chief Apostles he had been down the road of hardship, persecution, indifference, betrayal, loneliness, stoning, beatings, shipwreck, sleeplessness, nakedness, destitution just to name a few.
But Paul never went under, rather he went over, he made it through. He had total confidence in the promises of God. At the end of his life he could say: “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12).
One of my favorite scriptures that I memorized when I was going through was: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3). That promise applies to us even today, as the New Testament repeatedly affirms.
If you are going through bereavement, or experience other types of losses like, divorce, separation, unemployment, abandonment, homelessness, you must know that God has not allowed this tragedy or burden to come into your life to make you bitter, but better. God has a recollection of every tear you have shed during that situation. God is not trying to defeat you and make your life miserable. In fact, he can take your miserable state and turn it around. Your life and the victory you achieve can turn your misery into a ministry.
The Lord does not waste any part of our lives. He can use both the good and the bad to accomplish his will. Every trial you and I face is an opportunity for God to demonstrate that He is the One we can always count on, no matter what comes or goes.
King Hezekiah saw God demonstrate His care for him in a dramatic way. Read Isaiah 37, and record the steps Kind Hezekiah took when faced with a serious problem.
- Hezekiah acknowledged that he had a problem (37:1).
- He sought to know what God’s Word said about his problem (37:2).
- He didn’t allow anything to distort his perspective (37:8-13).
- He prayed to God-first worshiping Him then presenting his request, and finally asking that God would be glorified (37:14-20).
A Few excerpts taken from: “God at the Center” by Luis Palau
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