Rest in Him When Trials Overwhelm You

Author M. Scott Peck opened his book, The Road Less Traveled with the words, “Life is hard.”  Anyone who has lived in this world for some time knows how true those words are. We suffer many forms of pain: loss, heartache, accidents and violence. We work hard to have a home, feed our families, enjoy a bit of fun. That is part of living life. Some have a much more difficult road that others, but we all struggle. During these times we pray to God, “Please take this pain or trial away.”  But – what if He chooses not to take it from us. How do we hold on when our suffering seems great and overwhelming, when we are asked to believe God does have a good purpose although we may not see it now, perhaps we will never see it until we see Him face to face. Are we still willing to trust Him? What if our spirit is willing but our flesh and heart seem weak, what do we do?

We encourage our spirit by reminding ourselves of the Father’s love and goodness. We take refuge in Him. We remind ourselves that we don’t need to try to hold onto God for we can trust that He will hold onto us, for “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Rom 3:35-39)  We need not fret nor worry, nor try to build up credit for good deeds. When we accept Christ as our God and Savior, the Father accepts us just as we are, forever we are His.

So do not worry: God cares for the sparrows, He will care for us “and we KNOW that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to HIS PURPOSE.” (Rom 8:28, emphasis mine). Trust God. Rest in the fact that whether you live or die, whether evil assails you or life breaks your heart, God is in control and He will not let you be lost. He holds onto you even when you have no strength to hold onto him.

Are you afraid you lack faith? Do not be afraid for Jesus is “the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb 12:2).

Christ suffered, He knows our pain and weariness and He holds us. Listen to His voice. Find encouragement in Him. Rest in the assurance God is with you and no one can snatch you from His hand.(John 10:27-30).


From Victim to Victor

Victim and Victory start out the same

Its how they end that makes the Difference.

You can not have a victory unless you have overcome a difficulty. Victories are viewed under many labels. Win a prize, a sporting event, a promotion, or overcome a serious illness. But the victory I speak of here is surviving and overcoming the pain of issues like: incest, childhood abuse, and rape.  The goal is to go from “victim” or “Survivor.” But how do we survive such attacks on our body and soul to begin with? How do we come to a point of letting go of the trauma and finding peace?

First we come to understand that we have physically survived because God stood with us. In the midst of our pain and torment Christ was/is with us, speaking the word “live” into our soul. He is with us through every tear, and violation and nightmare. Despite popular beliefs, Jesus did not die on a cross to make our life rosy and trouble free. Jesus died because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). Our world is filled with evil. Men chose to place themselves in the place of God. They chose to make their own way, to be the masters of their own fates. And the world filled with darkness and every form of evil: murder, wars, violence in many forms, including sexual abuse of children, incest in families, and physical, emotional and spiritual abuse.

Those who believe in Jesus Christ as God and Savior have restored fellowship with God and the promise of eternity spent in the presence of God where there will be no pain, no tears of sorrow, no weakness. But as long as we are part of this world we will still suffer the consequences of evil men and women. So how do we get through it? The grace and presence of God.

Jesus stands beside us as we suffer. He knows our pain. He suffered, and He won the victory over death for us. It is His voice which softly speaks to our souls, “don’t give up”, “don’t die”, “you can do this”. During the pain of our abuse, during the pain of healing memories, Christ is our strength. He is our consolation. He knows our pain. He reminds us that while it may seem to last forever in our eyes, it is really only temporary. He gives us the hope of heaven. He gives us victory over traumas, pain, sorrows and even death. He gives us peace and hope to carry on, that we may in turn be his voice to others who are struggling in the aftermath of evil.