“I love You, O Lord, my strength.The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:1-3)

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Hello! How is everyone? I hope you have been enjoying your summer with family and friends and making the most out of it. As I mentioned last week, I am in the midst of a trial and remembering when I have been in a situation like this one before.  I think God allows us to “re-visit” some areas of difficulty so we can finally “get it” and learn the lesson that can only be taught by God and God alone.

It has been said “you will know who your friends are when trials come.” The point is this-see who is around when you are going through tough times. People (friends and sometimes family) tend to scatter because they have their own stuff going on. Believe it or not-sometimes they will even blame you for your current troubles-just like Job’s friends. Job was hand picked by God to go through trials just to prove to satan that he was a righteous man.  However, it was during the trials that Job got to see what was still in his heart and it was God’s actual mercy to reveal it to Job so he could repent (turn from) the sin in his heart. Even his wife wasn’t supportive and blamed him. “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die! But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversityIn all this Job did not sin with his lips.” (Job 2:9-10) Can you imagine? Talk about misery wanting some company! Have you ever met people like this? I know I have. I had to end relationships/friendships like this. So what does one do in this situation? You call upon the Lord, Jesus. “ 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 only one we can ever truly run to for safety, security, and direction is God “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5)  Where does one go when one is alone, feels alone, and may want to be alone, because of  lack of trust?  One must go to God. You can run to Him, cry out to Him, bow your head before Him, and pray to Him; but, YOU must go to Him. He is already waiting for you. Everything we want or need is in God.  The peace and refuge we seek is in God.“God is our refuge and strength,  A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.” (Psalm 46:1-3) The picture above is from a fortress I went to in Israel. Talk about feeling safe. It’s high enough to see who is coming from miles away. These rocks were thick-sturdy-full of protection.  That’s how it is with Jesus. He’s our rock and our deliverer. Nothing and no one can penetrate my God. That why I can love Him and go to Him and know without a shadow of doubt that I am secure in Him. Right now, I may be in the midst of a trial, but God is my strength, my fortress and my deliverer in whom I take refuge.  If I can’t believe that God is true, then what hope do I have? What hope does anybody have? “What if  some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge. (Romans 3:3-4

I hope to encourage you to know you are not alone. I understand the feeling of uncertainty-believe me.  Just because one is a believer in Jesus Christ (God), that does not mean we are exempt from the trials and tribulations of this world. Not everything is happy, peppy and bursting with love!.  It is through the trials we are being conformed to Jesus’ image. It is meant to purify our souls.“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” ( 1 Peter 1 6-7As you go through this crazy place called life, please know you are not alone. Remember to “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)

Take comfort in knowing you have a fortress and deliverer to go to in times of trouble. Or, if you just need a peaceful refuge, know it is only a heart’s cry away. Take hold of the refuge that was freely given to you as you Walk Every Day with Grace.

In His love,

Melody

Did you know that God loves you?