Trials

There are no easy answers when you are faced with difficult situations. The pain is deep within your bones and all of your thoughts are focused on it. It feels as if God has turned against you and is pursuing you in destruction. Why me? What am I doing wrong? These questions swirl in your head but no answers are forthcoming. It is the unknown that keeps you up at night and raises your blood pressure. These situations, however, are nothing new, they have been happening for thousands of years.

The Israelites went through a similar situation when they were exiled from Jerusalem. This was the promised land that God had given them, but now He was taking it away because of their disobedience. Jeremiah, who is overcome with grief because of his love for his people, shows us how to deal with these difficult situations.
But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:  
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
"The LORD is my portion," says my soul,
"therefore I will hope in him." 
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord (Lam. 3:21-26).
It is not easy when you are being hit by the tornado of the storm, but you have to "call to mind" the bigger picture. It is so easy to focus on all your problems but it takes work to lift your eyes up to see that there is more to the situation. The hope that Jeremiah had was built on his knowledge of God. He knew that God is faithful, therefore he was going to wait patiently for Him. He had unshakable trust that God would do what was right even in his seemingly hopeless situation.

This man in the picture looks like he is holding up this rock from rolling over him but it is just an optical illusion. Often our problems seem to be impossible but it is really just a matter of perspective. This is why we need to work at reminding ourselves that there is more to life than our current situation.

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