There are many wonderful people in my life enduring very painful circumstances. It is difficult to see them struggle. Endurance in the midst of trial is necessary. We are often forced to battle conditions we never thought we would have the strength to battle. Yet, we somehow trudge forward. We are able to endure, because He who sent us into those difficult places accompanies us there.
“… And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” (N.K.J.V.)
Jesus spoke these words to the Pharisees. It was as if they were deaf to His words. Jesus knows what it is to have to endure. He carried a cross, suffered, and died for our sins, but He didn’t do it alone because the Father never left Him alone.
It’s the same for us. No matter what road we walk down He is faithful to be there every single step of the way.
Through sickness, He is there.
Through the death of a loved one, He is there.
Through financial struggles, He is there.
Through caring for an elderly parent, He is there.
Through the heartbreak of divorce, He is there.
Through miscarriage, stillbirth or infertility, He is there.
I could go on forever, but the point is that if He has allowed you to walk a road with troubling circumstances – He will never leave you alone there.
Like drawing water from a well, we need to draw from the strength of the Father to endure.
So, how do we do that? I think the best place to start is through doing what Jesus says next in the above passage of scripture. “… for I always do those things that please Him.”
We need to be concerned with living a life pleasing to Christ regardless of how strong the storm rages around us.
In the middle of a battle it is easy to want to give up the fight. Sometimes we are too tired to keep moving forward. It’s true that surrender is crucial. However, it is who or what you surrender to that will cause you to win or lose the battle you are fighting.
We must surrender to the will of the Father. When we do, slowly but surely, we will begin to recognize His presence in the darkest places and find hope even on the road of suffering.
You are not alone.
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