12.15.2018

HE is our safe place!

This season of Christmas seems to be exceptionally difficult for many.
A day does not pass without a new request for prayer, for help, or for counsel arriving in my inbox.
Trials are abundant.
Sickness and disease touch the bodies of dozens.
Emotional suffering. Physical suffering. Spiritual suffering.
People are hurting. Broken. Mourning. Confused. Afraid.
They are looking for answers. For relief. For healing.
They need the Lord.
He is the only One who can offer hope, a true living hope, as they plod the streets of sorrow.

Hugs, shared tears, and listening ears are wonderful things to offer a brother or sister who is drowning in the depths of despair. But they are not enough. We may be able to push them to the surface to take a breath, but only the Lord can hold them there, safe and secure while the waters rage around them. HE is their rock. HE is their safe place. HE is their everything. HE - is what they need.

Our job, as brothers and sisters in Christ, is to wrap our arms around them while they weep and mourn and sorrow, and gently walk them to the one place where they will find peace ... at the feet of the Savior. Because sometimes, as much as they want to, they just cannot get there on their own.

Last night, I fell asleep praying for those who have reached out to me for help, and this morning I woke up to find this beautiful quote by J. R. Miller waiting in my Inbox. Before I had finished reading it I was saying to myself, "You HAVE to share this!" So, I share it here, praying that it will strike the heart of someone who is suffering, offering new hope, renewed trust in a holy and tender-hearted God, and a deep and encouraging conviction that while we must struggle in this life, we never, ever have to struggle ALONE. For we belong to a God who loves us, sent His Son to die for us, and promises He will never leave us or forsake us. He IS our rock. He is our tower of strength. And when we run to Him - we are SAFE. ❤

"We do not know what we should pray for as we ought." Romans 8:26

A minister sat with a father and mother by the bed of a child who was hovering between life and death. He was about to pray for the little sufferer, and turning to the parents he asked, "What shall we ask God to do?" After some moments the father answered, with deep emotion: "I would not dare to choose - leave it to God."

Would it not be better always to leave
the decision to God, letting Him choose what it is best for Him to do for us or to give to us? We are not in the world to always have ease and pleasure, to always succeed, to do great things - we are here to grow into strength and beauty of life and character, to accomplish the will of God, and to have that will wrought out in our own life.
Ofttimes ...
The present must be sacrificed for the future,
the earthly given up to gain the Heavenly,
and pain endured for the sake of spiritual refining and enriching.
Christ does not seek to take away the burden - rather, He would make us strong and brave to bear it.

If we are willing to let God choose for us, and accept what He gives - we shall never fail to receive the best. Perhaps not what the world would call the best - but always God's best. We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, and we had better leave it to God.

We should be content to leave the guidance and choices of our lives in His hands. Think how wise He is - knowing all things, knowing how to choose the best for us. Who does not know that this is better, safer, wiser than if we were to choose the way for ourselves?

The truest prayer is often that in which we creep into the bosom of God and rest there in silence. We do not know what to ask, and we dare not say even a word, lest it might be the wrong word, hence we simply wait before God in quietness and confidence. We know that what is best - our Father will do, and we trust Him to do what He will.

We are sure that God could relieve us of the things which are so hard for us to bear - could, if He desired to. This is God's world, and nothing can get out of His hands. All we have to do is to lay our need before the throne of mercy, and to let God answer us as He will.

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