Listen to “It Is Well” by Kristene DiMarco and Bethel Music
Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
I have to say that this song holds a big place in my heart. It played randomly across my music player one day as I sat on my knees on my bedroom floor crying out to God for help, peace, clarity, resolution…for life to just be fixed. I listened to it over and over. Then I prayed the words as I played it on my piano and sang it over and over. For months this was my go to song during my devotion time. With all my heart, I believed these words and I had faith that no matter what MY outcome was, that God was, is, and always will be good; THEREFORE I had nothing to fear!
Now, knowing and believing that God is good and carries my burdens doesn’t mean that it wasn’t hard or painful through the process. But my eyes were on Him, and my faith grew in leaps and bounds in a way that I couldn’t quite explain. I consistently thought on the character and nature of God when I thought of who I wanted to be through and in the end of this trial. Also, I read every scripture and more, that I could find that related to what I was going through. I didn’t blab about it to this, that, and every person I talked to. Instead, I shared with just who God gave me to confide in; who would guide me towards Him and not give a worldly perspective or advice.
When we go through trials we need to intentionally surround ourselves with God. We need to swim in His scriptures, spend time fasting and constantly pray. Seek Him about if, when, and who to talk to about it. We must remember God is love, and every action and reaction of God’s is in love. If we belong to Him then we need to mimic His nature even if it doesn’t feel natural at first.
As we soak ourselves in and with God, we will naturally and supernaturally become more and more like Him, and we will handle our situations with the same care, love, and respect that He does. And in the end, we can say I am not ashamed of who I was through it all. We can come out of our hardest situations changed, renewed, refreshed, redeemed, and restored beyond what we could ever comprehend.
God holds us and carries us through, but it is our choice to let Him. And it’s not as easy as choosing to let Him one time through an ordeal and that’s it. No, when the road is rocky it’s easy to get stuck or choose an easy way out, but we must choose over and over each day, hour, minute, whatever it takes to keep turning our mind from the problem that we face to the One who is holding that very problem and is holding us in the palm of His hand. Each time torment fills our mind, we must remember Jesus.
So in my sorrow, I rejoice. I rejoice because God is good. He is faithful. In the midst of anything that we go through, He already knows the outcome. He works it out for good, for His glory. He works in us amidst our trials bringing growth, and wisdom that we can pass along to someone else.
I will rejoice because I have faith in the One who gave life to us all. In death we will be perfect living in the presence of our Father in heaven. No matter what happens in this life, good or bad, long-suffering or a quick ordeal, death or life; I am victorious because of Christ in me. He is my rock, my foundation, my strength, my hope. I am not afraid, and I will not turn away, because His life breaths through my life.
In the end, I am held accountable for what I have done with each lot I have been given. Did I go through my trial in vain, or was it all worth it? For me, I can say that even though I wouldn’t have chosen the trial that I went through, I wouldn’t take it back. Most of all; my faith, hope, trust, and love for Jesus was incredibly strengthened in a way that my life will never be the same. But also, that other factors in my life changed in a way that didn’t even realize before needed changed, or could be changed. God restored me, and my situation beyond what I hoped. My words cannot begin to express my gratitude.
One thing I also feel that I need to add is, just because I am restored, redeemed, etc, doesn’t mean my trial and it’s consequences just disappeared. But my God is good, and if things or memories come up about the situation, I look right to Him, and let Him guide me through… Whether that means I need to not think about it, or if it means I do need to think about it because I need to deal with that certain area. I trust God to continue to heal me even if I think it’s all over; it may or may not be. Either way, it’s okay.
Romans 5:3-5 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Lord, it’s my heart that every person would know Your peace, Your goodness, Your love. Whatever situations each one is facing right now, that they would recognize that You are right there with them. That they would realize they can choose to let You change their heart’s and minds. And that You are their strength through each hard thing that they face. Lord, I pray that each one would truly know that that they are not alone.
Help each one know that even if their situation isn’t changing in the direction that they hope or expect, that they can be the change. Show them that they can be a light that helps change someone else’s perspective all because of how they handle and let You handle their situation. They might feel weak going into a situation, but because of Your strength they will come out stronger for Your kingdom.
Lord, we are Yours; use us and our situations for Your will… whatever that means. Help us to trust Your goodness in all situations. Help us to love You through it all, and keep our eyes always on You. I love You, Lord, with all my heart. And I thank You for all that I have been through, and all that is to come. My life is not my own, but Yours; use me and my situations for Your honor and glory. Amen.
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