The house was empty and the car was loaded. My parents stood in the driveway – waving and crying. My husband had accepted a job several hours away and I was leaving home for the first time. Did I mention I had just had a baby via c-section two weeks prior? Yeah.
Fast forward eight weeks.
The place and position we had been called to turned out to be, well, not all that it had seemed. We found ourselves without a job, without a house, without anyone who cared for us and a really long way from home.
We were confused.
We were disappointed.
We were, in that moment, broken.
I still remember my husband and I sitting in the bed late at night. Four children asleep down the hall. There, in the dark, we began to list everything we knew to be true of our God. Not what we could see in that moment because, truth be told, we couldn’t see a whole lot of anything good.
In the face of suffering, faith is taking a step back. It is taking a deep breath. Faith is reminding ourselves of what we know to be true, regardless of the madness circling around us.
I have treasured the words of his mouth
more than my daily food. – Job 23:12
Knowing God’s Word, His character and His promises are essential in the midst of suffering. We must be in His Word on a daily basis so that, when trials come, those promises are already in our hearts and our minds. A good promise to start with is Psalm 18:30 – seriously, it’s a good one.
This God – his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
His way is perfect. Not always easy. Not always safe. Not always popular. But perfect.
His word is true. There are many promises makers, but our God is the great promise keeper.
He protects all who run to him for safety. Not some. Not the good ones. Not the worthy ones. All.
Satan wants you to stand in the middle of your suffering and be overwhelmed and broken. Instead, step back for a moment. Find a quiet spot and ask God to bring to your mind everything you know to be true of Him.
For the introductory post to this series, as well as an ongoing index of all the posts, just click here. —> 31 Days of Faith