With Us In The Hard Times

Saturday, August 19, 2000

Matthew 28:20 – And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (NASB)

The Lord never ceases to amaze me how good and loving and kind He is. His compassion never fails. Today's scripture says, "And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Even in the hard times as we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us — He's always near to us. I am so blessed.

Yesterday could have been one of the hardest days of my life. I had just found out that an insurance claim was denied, and that I had to pay the fee myself. As a student striving to obtain a Master's degree with a very limited stipend from the school, I faced, financially, a very difficult month. If that were not hard enough, I was heading back to work, and all of a sudden, my car locked up and all the warning lights went on — I couldn't even pull into a parking spot!

I happened to be wearing my "Jesus the eternal" shirt — a bold witness for the Lord. I have read somewhere, sometime ago that "God will bring you through a difficult situation just to see your response." Praise the Lord for those times, because they just draw us even closer to Him.

I thank Him for taking me on this "ride" because it allows me to love Him more, to praise Him more. When we get saved, He comes into our hearts, but we still need to ask daily for the Holy Spirit to fill us to the brim. It's our privilege to ask, and His will to fill. His love is to be emulated; it's too big to be fathomed, too large to be understood. Jesus fits all the water (two-thirds of the earth!) into his hand. (Isaiah 40:12) He is so powerful! The nations are like a drop in the bucket to Him. May we draw close to our powerful, almighty Lord and Saviour when He allows us to face trials — because He wants to see our response.

Prayer: – Dear heavenly Father, we thank you for the hard times, and we lift up holy hands to the heavens in prayer and thanksgiving to the One who gave His life that we may be forever changed. We ask that our response to the "difficult times" be holy and pleasing to you. We love and adore you, and we praise your holy name. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Katey Fontanetta
Auburn, Alabama, USA

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