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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.’ Psalm 16:8 NLT

When praying doesn’t seem to bring the answer, the question becomes, ‘How do I get through this?’ The Bible addresses this by telling us, ‘We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame.’ (Hebrews 12:2 NLT) The reason Jesus was able to endure His suffering was because He focused on the joy of pleasing the Father, building the church, and reaching the world.

Here is how David got through hard times: ‘I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.’ (Psalm 16:8–9 NLT) So instead of denying reality or trying to white-knuckle your way through it, realise that the Lord is with you and draw from Him the strength you need.

It’s difficult to endure hardship at the best of times, but when you don’t understand why it can be frustrating. God doesn’t give us lengthy explanations about how He works. Continue to seek an answer in His Word, or through prayer and the counsel of others and remember God promises that He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5) So be encouraged; you will get through this!

SoulFood: 1 Chron 1–2 John 8:21–30 Ps 115 Pro 25:23–25

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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