Life is hard. But God is good.
Those words are from a song that was popular a few years ago.
More lyrics, from another song, are:
God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan,
When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.
I believe this with all my heart. I trust you Lord, in all things.
But when the Enemy attacks my family
I want to cry, scream,
Tell you how to fix it.
Order you to fix it NOW.
Ask you to put a hedge of protection around my family
Beg you to save them,
to call them to you,
For their salvation
Heal their broken hearts
Heal my broken heart
Scripture tells me not to fear.
Mark 4:40: “…Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I believe that God can be trusted. I believe that he knows how I feel, what I need, and when I need it.
I recite scripture and “I believe” statements when I am overwhelmed. Sometimes it sounds hollow. Sometimes it feels not-quite-untrue, but not-quite-true, either. Then I remember that the First Lie recorded in the Bible is in Genesis 3. The serpent began questioning God’s words.
“Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1)
A couple of verses later the serpent accuses God of holding out on them. “You will not die. God knows that if you eat the fruit from that tree, you will learn about good and evil and you will be like God!” (Genesis 3:4b-5)
So when I question God’s goodness or His faithfulness I am falling for the original LIE.
In John 8:44 Jesus clearly tells us who the devil is: “He was a murderer from the beginning and was against the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he shows what he is really like, because he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Psalm 61:2: “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I”
So I will trust in you.
Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, (stayed on Thee -KJV) because they trust in you.”
Philippians 4:6&7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
So when my Adult kids are facing hard times and broken hearts,
When my grandchildren are hurting
When my husband is facing difficult business issues
I will bring these problems to you, Lord. I will believe that you are faithful and true. You can be trusted.
Like the father in Mark 9:24, I pray: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
- Life is Hard, but God is good. Pam Thum and Frankie Toh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYOkitoMESo
2. God is too wise. Babbie Mason. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWk8DRwDYDc