If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
Living the life of a Believer will never compare to sailing on a calm body of water. The tumultuous trials, tribulations, and temptations of life will cause our boat to consistently sail in troubled waters. Even so, Fear not! God is with us, and he will never let our boats capsize or overturn in spite of the stormy seas.
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 the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:2,3 first part
Jesus Christ is the Captain of our boats even when we feel as if we are drifting further and further away from the shore or cannot see dry land. He is leading us to the point in our lives that allows us to have a closer relationship with Him. Jesus is leading us to deeper waters without our self-made life jacket because He wants us to become fully dependent upon Him.
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Our duty is to cast all of our cares which means that we must pray, pray, pray! He already knows of the brokenness in your heart, the tears that stream from your eyes, and the overwhelming situations that have you feeling as if you cannot bear one more burden.
Consider the man named Job who was a righteous man; Job was a man who feared God and was blameless; yet, he lost everything he owned including the death of all of his children. If you have never thought about the long time-frame of Job’s trial then read all 42 chapters of the Book of Job. In spite of his continuous suffering, Job never blamed God and in the midst of his great tribulation, he proclaimed:
“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives and He will stand upon the earth at last…I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” Job 19:25, 27 NLT
Job was human with all of the emotions that we possess; yes, he was greatly overwhelmed and even attempted to proclaim his innocence several times during his great tribulation. Nonetheless, he did not follow the advice of his wife who told him to “Curse God and die,” nor did he throw in the towel when the friends who he counted on for support, turned their backs on him by accusing him of committing grievous sins against God, which could have left him devastated.
As we continue to study the life of a man who withstood extreme suffering, we know how the story ends: God blessed Job above and beyond (read chapter 42) all he could ever imagine. He lived a long, full life with the blessing of prosperity and four generations of children and grandchildren.
Whether we are sailing on calm waters or raging seas, we must always completely place our faith, trust, and obedience in God. It is only through constant prayer, and dutiful study of the Word of God, that we can remain steadfast in the vicissitudes of life. God promises that if we do our part in keeping our relationship strong with Him, then He will do his part in giving us victory as overcomers.
Bible Reading: Job chapters 1-42
Prayer for today: Dear God, There are times in our lives that we feel as if we cannot endure the hardships and we become despondent. We forget that you know exactly what we are going through and that you are just waiting for us to approach you through prayer. We ask you to forgive us for our lack of faith, our self-reliance, and our intermittent study of your Word. O God, we need you to guide us through our storms in life and we need you, even more, when we are experiencing peace so that we do not think that we are sustaining our lives. We ask you to give us strength as we endure the hardest trials of loss from the death of our loved ones, from the dissolution of our marriages, from financial devastation, from the decline of our health, and from the overwhelming feelings of being alone. You have promised to never leave us or forsake us and you have promised to never let us drown in the waters of tribulation. We thank you for your love, your grace, and your endless mercy. God, we need you now, and we ask you to heal our brokenness. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019
White Mountains, New Hampshire