Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10 NIV
There are many who possess wonderful memories from past holiday seasons. The aromas of deliciously prepared food, times of laughter with family and friends, gift giving, and conversations catching up on things that have occurred during the year. While this is a wonderful season with many foods, gifts, and delightful decorations, there are many individuals who are overwhelmed by grief, and sadness.
The tradition of living for a holiday season does not prepare us to cope with the hard times that will inevitably arise during various times of our lives. If we fail to establish a strong relationship with God and strengthen the bond through daily studying of His Word and prayer, then we are unable to know and count on His promises.
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am your God…” Isaiah 43:2,3
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” John 14:1
I encourage you to take the time and write down these two promises daily until you have them memorized. When we know who God really is, the vicissitudes of life will not overwhelm us. If we say that we know God, then we know that His promises remain steadfast and immovable.
If you are in a time of tribulation, God is with you; however, you must take the journey. Do not become overwhelmed by constantly reflecting on the circumstances or past memories. God always delivers on His promises: He will always guide you through and the result is that you will become aligned with His character.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I am going through a tough time. I need to really get to know who you are by believing and applying your promises to my life. Please help me to have a steadfast and faithful relationship with you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
Sonya Johnson Ruiz