Do you feel as if you are facing challenges alone? Would you like to discover the truth and comfort found in the Word—that you are not alone, that God is always with you?! Then join us below as we explore what the Word has to say about God being with us even in the storm!
Look to God
Every year we each face challenges. Some are small—hardly noticeable weeks after they have passed. But others are bigger. So much so, that we might consider them to be less challenges, and more along the lines of an out and out storm…
When those times hit, it is easy to get caught up in the worries, the stress, and begin to place the cares of the world on our own shoulders. But we do not have to face those times alone. We do not even have to shoulder the burden of them; we can place them on bigger shoulders. On a Father who not only loves us, but is never failing in strength and compassion…
We need to shift the weight over to God, but to do so we need to believe that He has it all under control. We have to be ready to lay our cares on God and then not take them back again. However, to come to that place of readiness and trust in our Father, we need to know His Word. We need to understand and receive the surety of His Word, to remember the promises of God…
Promises that say He will be with us. Always (see Matthew 28:20)!
Remember His Word
God’s Word is filled with more lessons and promises than we can fully realize. Every time we open His Scriptures, new things are revealed. New promises and new hope.
Faith is indeed the substance of things not seen, but God’s Word is what searches the heart; what teaches us to know the voice and nature of our God (see Hebrews 11:1 and Hebrews 4:12). When we are in a place of confusion, doubt, fear, or unbelief, all we need to do is to turn to God… and God’s Word is a prime place to remove all these issues. It is a part of God (see John 1:14)!
Still, what does God’s Word say about His being with us? What does it say about the love He has for us and the care He so willingly gives?
While there are many more Scriptures which answer these questions, here are a few to help you get started in your walk of faith and laying your cares upon your Father:
- “‘…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ …”—Matthew 28:20
- “Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.”—1 Peter 5:7 (TPT)
- “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…”—Psalm 46:1-2
- “So, what does all this mean? If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us?”—Romans 8:31 (TPT)
- “I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”—Psalm 118:5-6
- “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”—Psalm 46:7 and 11
- “‘If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,’ let Israel now say— ‘If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their wrath was kindled against us; then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul; then the swollen waters would have gone over our soul.’ Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”—Psalm 124:1-8
- “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”—1 Corinthians 3:16
- “…he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”—1 Corinthians 6:17
- “By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”—1 John 4:13
- “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”—Philippians 2:13
- “But the Lord God has become my divine helper. He leans into my heart and lays his hands upon me!”—Psalm 54:4 (TPT)
- “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”—Psalm 62:5-7
- “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”—Deuteronomy 31:8
- “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:6-7
In these Scriptures, we are reminded of our Father’s love. Shown beautifully through His standing by us. Through His accepting our cares and worries upon Himself. Through the Holy Spirit resting in us.
Over and over we are told that God is our protector, defender, and strength. In Him we need not fear. And through these promises and truths shown in God’s Word, a place is made in our hearts for the next step. For praying and casting our cares on God; for receiving His strength when we are weak and trusting that He is not only strong enough to take our cares, but that He loves us enough to do so.
God does not consider it an imposition when we give Him our troubles. He wants us to. He wants us to be free from them so that we can prosper and fulfill all we are called to do!
We have to reach a place where we understand that we do not have to do everything in our own strength. That is a place of faith. One where we trust that our Father can and will take care of us and our situations better than we ever could. God has everything under control; and once we cast our cares upon Him, we can count them finished. We never have to pick up our cares again!
“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’”—Mark 4:37-40
God is our strength. God is with us in the storm!
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