October 14, 2006
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
Lately it seems as though my brothers and sisters in the Lord have confessed the same thing that I have: Life's battles seem to be tougher than in previous years. The battles seem to be more difficult and draining. Although we have joy in the Lord and His comfort, sometimes we grow weary from the fight. We cannot give up.
The Word does not say that God will deliver us from some of our trials but from ALL of them. No matter how many heartaches come our way, God makes a way of escape for us. If situations exist that cause us grief until our dying day, God's promise is still fulfilled. We will spend eternity in the presence of the mighty King of Kings, and no affliction or grief will touch us there.
In the midst of my internship, I face yet another challenge. My jaw is out of alignment and is causing tremendous pain. For two years, I traveled from Florida to Minnesota to have it aligned. One simple procedure has caused pain for a year now. The trigeminal neuralgia has not returned, but the symptoms are so alike. Talking and chewing hurt. I thank God, though, that the electrocution-type pains are gone.
I do not consider myself a righteous person. I know who I am. I am covered with the blood of Jesus, and because of this fact, I have His righteousness. I have none of my own. Because I am covered with Jesus' love, I have the strength to continue. God has blessed me, and He has made a way for me to help others who have facial pain. I am only a human, and I wonder how God is going to resolve this situation.
Sometimes I have difficulty trusting my Heavenly Father enough. I grow tired from the battle. I want a reprieve from the battle, but it will not come. I must cast my cares upon the Lord and use my faith to trust Him for the perfect answer. As long as we live on this earth, we will not have a vacation from responsibilities and trials. My prayer is that I can give the Lord my cares and be free to do His will. Lord, I ask You teach me how to shed these concerns and to trust you more. Help your children exercise their faith, I ask in the name of Jesus.
Have you read With Great Mercy?