I know personally that sometimes the challenges in life feel unbearable. Like me, you’ve probably said, “If it’s not one thing it’s another!” Notice I said “feel” unbearable. I can’t tell you how many times my “feelings” (emotions) tried to convince me that my faith in the Lord and His Word was futile.
However, it was prayer that kept me focused. In prayer, the Lord would bring Scriptures to my mind. When I’d read those Scriptures, they spoke directly to my situation and brought peace of mind.
Throughout the book of Psalms, we find the declaration, “The Lord is good; for his mercy endures forever.” One of my favorites is Psalm 145:9, “The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation” (NLT). As I would began to believe that the Lord is good, not just to some people but to everyone, which included me, I changed my way of thinking. I began thinking and believing that my challenges would be used as evidence of God’s goodness, mercy and love. Moreover, it was to my benefit to trust Him to be “good” to me in spite of my adversity. I figured if the Lord is good then He wasn’t trying to hurt me; that in someway difficulties would be for my good. Once I stopped trying to figure out the “how’s” and just started praising and worshiping Him by telling Him, “Lord, you’re good! Thank you, Lord for being good; I praise you because you’re good, ect. My praise took my focus off my challenges and on the “goodness” of the Lord. What happened? My faith increased. My relationship with the Lord became more intimate, He opened doors and provided resources to meet my needs.
Oh! taste and see that the Lord is good…