Just in the last week there have been those close to me facing overwhelming battles; the death of a precious loved one; divorce; sickness and disease; financial struggles and job losses.
Many of us have faced some of those battles too.
During those times of testing and trials we wait and wonder.
We wait for test results and wonder if the outcome will be in our favor.
We wait for things to get easier and wonder why sometimes this life has to be so hard.
We wait for our circumstances to change and wonder if we’re strong enough to endure if they don’t.
We wait for someone to show they care about our hurts and our fears and we wonder if we’re all alone in this life.
Those hurts and fears and times of complete brokenness, when it feels like our hearts are ripped from our chests and fear and doubt invade the empty places left behind—in those desperate moments, our Savior draws ever nearer.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:18-19
Friend, if you find yourself in those difficult places I hope you’re encouraged by knowing that the Lord is near, you’re never alone! The Lord promises to deliver the righteous.
So what does it mean to be righteous?
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Corinthians 5:21
We are incapable of making ourselves righteous which is why we are in great need of a Savior. Jesus makes us righteous through his sacrifice on the cross and when we ask him to come into our hearts and ask his forgiveness of our sins.
The better understanding we have of the grace he poured out for us, the more we desire to live our lives for Him.
This life is hard but don’t give up— give it all to the One who gave his life so that we might live.