"The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time." Psalm 34:19 (NLT)
There are times when life can be incredibly hard; you may hit rock bottom. You begin to seek out God as you start to feel the tugging on your heart strings. You need a change. You are desperate for transformation. Then, you experience this life-altering moment with God and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you become convinced that your life will now be perfect.
Or, perhaps life has always been pretty good. You have experienced a fairly unscathed life; you have never lost anyone very close to you. You have never had a moment of lost sleep, because you have never truly lacked much of anything. Overall, life has been quite comfortable. So, accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior can only mean that life will become so much better; a life free of drama and abundant with God’s goodness.
One of the biggest fallacies that the world has about Christianity is that accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior equates to a life free from hurdles. It’s as if His perfection automatically equates to us instantly having a perfect life. Even the perfect son of God faced speed bumps along His journey, so surely we are bound to encounter problems on our path as well.
There are several scriptures in the word, including Psalm 34:19, that display the exact opposite truth: troubles are inevitable. We are guaranteed to experience heartache and pain. There will be seasons when our possessions abound and abase. The enemy will repeat his same tricks in an attempt to isolate you, planting seeds of deception and fear in your mind that you are in a situation alone with no possible way out. Our afflictions may appear devastating at times and some problems may seem to have zero solution in the natural.
The truth of the matter is that challenges may change, but our God is always constant. Psalm 34:19 is proof that His faithfulness is unchanging as our Lord has promised to deliver us from EACH trial - not some trials, not a few trials, rather He delivers the righteous from ALL of them. He does not pick and choose which trials to relieve you from. Instead, He chooses to save you despite the trial you are facing. There is no mess too big or too small for Him. He delights in His rescue attempt, and He has a success rate of one hundred percent. His abundant love for you guarantees His faithfulness; there is no one more faithful than our God.
Question: What about a challenging situation is different, God or the trial?
Challenge: Through this time of prayer, fasting and journaling, I challenge you to place His faithfulness above your fears.
Prayer: God, I thank you for your faithfulness. Holy Spirit, teach me to respond in faith and not react to the inevitable trials of life in fear. God, may I proclaim your faithfulness all the days of my life, in Jesus mighty name, Amen!