How long Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “violence”, but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Habakkuk 1:2-4
Smoke covered the landscape, like a shroud on a casket. It felt claustrophobic and hard to breathe, just looking at it.
Firefighters worked day and night to get the fires under control, but Oregon remained filled with smoke for weeks. Can 2020 get any worse? As if the pandemic and the riots were not enough, we now have to deal with hazardous air quality and fear of losing our homes.
What’s the purpose in all this? Why does the Lord allow His children to go through such difficult times?
As I struggled through these thoughts, the Lord reminded me of a few important truths.
We live in a fallen world, where sin abounds; death, sickness, hatred and brokenness are always with us. Weather, storms, droughts and even fires have been a part of our earth for thousands of years. The good news is, we know God is good and therefore we can continue to trust in Him through every situation.
When troubles fill our minds with thick black smoke and our hearts with discouragement, think on these truths. ￼￼￼￼￼￼
(Romans 8:28) We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.￼
3. Hard times prepare believers for deeper ministry.￼
(2 Cor. 1:4a NLT) He [God]￼ comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
The Lord is good, just, loving and merciful (Psalm 135:3). Trust the Lord through these challenging times, for He will make a way for you.￼￼
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help us oh Lord I pray to endure these trying times. Build our faith and our trust more deeply in you each and every day and give us a tender heart to reach out in love to those in need. With hope in the name of Jesus. Amen.
For further reading: Habakkuk 3