The Storm Before the Calm

The setting evening sun created a soft, orange glow along the silhouette of a cloud formation on the horizon. In the far distance, stormy darkened skies began to appear in the port anchorage area of the lengthy, shallow shoreline. A well-secured fleet of weather-beaten fishing vessels rested on their mooring lines. But one anchorage spot…

When Suffering is a Benefit to Us

When it comes to suffering, the Bible tells us of our need to be made pure. When people endure injustice, most will readily defend themselves. Yet when Christ suffered injustice, He submitted Himself to God and said, “Plead Thou My cause and deliver Me” (Psalm 119:154). Christ suffered as Man with His people, which He couldn’t…

Difficult Situations

“In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and He heard me.” Psalm 120:1 God chooses to put His children into situations of intense difficulty sometimes, which seem to lead us to a position of no escape. If He asked us in advance what we think of being subjected to them, it would never be…

The Perfect Work of Patience

“…the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, [lacking] nothing…” (James 1:3-4), meaning that everything is now complete. Our patience needs an opportunity to be tried to the limit in order to carry out its perfect work. We should want to be faithful to what we…

With My People in the Furnace of Affliction

“The Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver them.” Exodus 3:7-8 The Israelites were put into this situation because God wanted them to see how…

“God Is For Me”

How often do we go through our walk with the Lord, thinking that there is no place where we feel like our enemies would not gladly engulf us? It seems as if every time we turn around, a new hurdle, hindrance, or attack comes against us. In some instances, even what we say is twisted…

Are You Traveling On or Giving Up?

There was a man in the Old Testament named Job (rhymes with globe) who was in right standing in God’s eyes. Yet he went through suffering and an extremely great loss to the point that he wished he was never born. Even his wife said to curse God and end his life! Several of his…

Can God Help with Your Cares, Burdens, and Afflictions?

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 53:22 To cast your burdens upon God means resting upon what He has promised and on what He provides. Cares can heavily weigh your heart down, but the Lord won’t allow you to come…

Tempted and Tried

“Jesus said unto him, It is written again…You shall not tempt the Lord thy God.” Deuteronomy 6:16; Matthew 4:7 What does it mean to “tempt” God? It refers to testing His strength, goodness, value, and truth, or to put Him to the proof to see if what He says is true. It means that we…