Navigating the Difficult Roads
"Remember my affliction and my homelessness, the wormwood and the poison. I continually remember them and have become depressed. Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! I say, 'The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in him.'” Lamentations 3:19-24 CSB
This week the bulk of my study has been about the seasons in life that are difficult. Life, because of sinful ruin, can sometimes seem unbearable. We can receive great news one day, and within minutes our worlds can be shaken. Our hopes can be dashed, our lives can be turned upside down, and things that we never think could happen to us can soon become a reality. How do we handle these seasons? Many times, we want to fall into a state of self-pity. Now don’t get me wrong: grief, sadness, and emotion are not bad things. However, the problem happens to be when we let our focus stay on ourselves and keeps us from focusing our eyes on Jesus.
Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), and He conquered sin on the cross. When desert seasons happen, sisters, we must make a choice on how we are going to muster through the difficult days. We can choose to complain, which draws our focus onto ourselves, or we can choose to lament, which keeps our focus on God. I think the greatest lamenter in the Bible was Jeremiah. We learn from him how to grieve. We can be honest with God about our emotions, but as we see from his example, we follow our sorrows with the promises of God. Jeremiah grieved—he was honest about his emotions, and yet amid his grief, he held on to who God is. I would encourage you, sisters, to spend time getting to know God. Spend time getting to know his attributes, and when you are in a desert season, cling to Him. His mercies, His character, and His promises will never fail you.
God, thank You for never failing me. I thank You for who You are. You are a God of mercy, and a God who holds my hand through the difficulties of life. I praise You when things are good, and I praise You when life is trying. You are my rock and my salvation. I love You. Amen
Spend time researching the attributes of God this week. Memorize Lamentations 3:19-24