When Life is Hard

chocolatesBecause life is like a box of chocolates, sometimes you get a nasty bite. Like those orange creams for instance… does anyone like those?

It seems everyone around me is going through something extremely difficult.

They are receiving heart-wrenching news. They are making major life decisions. Friends are dealing with horrible medical issues. Or, they simply have teenagers.

There are work issues. Home issues. Health issues.

Where is God in all the pain?

I want to share some verses that show God is not only around, but intimately involved in our lives. Before we go there, you need some perspective.

If you have a second, hit this link and watch this science video. It reminds us of the bigness of God. (If you skip a little, make sure you see the end!!!)

WOW, right?!

The God who made the universe made us.
He literally knows how many hairs are on our head.
And not only did He make us, but He desires to be intimately involved with us.

He will not force himself in our lives. We have the choice to invite Him in. And, once He is in our lives, we still choose how much He is involved in who we are and who we become.

That said, I hope you find these verses a powerful comfort and reassurance that He is with you.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you, the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm, he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121

The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in his dwelling, he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:1-5

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

Do not be shocked, nor fear them. The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes… Deuteronomy 1:29-30

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed because I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.  Isaiah 41:10

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