We all go through periods of difficulty, it’s a part of life. When we have days when it feels like everything but the kitchen sink is being thrown at us, we must remember that we are not alone! Someone is always by our side helping us through the storms of life. Our Bible Journaling Verse today says, “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” (Hebrews 13:6 KJV)
God promises to never leave or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) What a comfort that is! He doesn’t remove Himself the moment we fall into hard times. He walks with us through it and helps us to the other side. The writer of Hebrews says in verse 6, that he can BOLDLY state that God is his helper! How awesome! We can have that kind of assurance, that no matter what, God will always be with us, and have no doubt of His help.
As we go through those things that would seem to completely undo us, the Bible tells us we can have strength in those times. “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 ESV) Isaiah tells us we must wait on the Lord. He will bring us through our struggles, and once we have reached the other side of the storm, many times we find we have gained strength…strength in our faith, strength in our emotions, and possibly strength physically. We see that since God has helped us in our situation, we know that in the next trial, He will also be with us, helping us through.
We are not just to sit back and let God do all the work. The Bible tells us we have work to do also. “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.” (1 Chronicles 16:11 NASB 1995) When we seek out God’s help, seek a stronger relationship with Him, and draw close to Him, He willingly helps us in our trouble. The Psalmist tells us, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” (Psalm 37:5 ESV) What does it mean to commit our way to the Lord? According to agfaithchapel.org, “Truly committing our decisions—and lives—to God means taking a step back from what we think we want and honestly contemplating what God wants us to do. It means taking our successes, failures, plans, and questions to God in prayer every single day—not just “the big stuff”. It means seeking out answers from God through the Bible and trusted Godly counsel that help us make decisions based on what is in line with God’s will. This is committing to God.” Therefore, when we commit everything to God, we find that God will step up and help us.
It isn’t always easy to go through challenging times. Sometimes we can become anxious and filled with worry. Peter gave us the solution, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV) When we give Jesus our every worry and anxiety, it releases us from carrying that heavy burden and allows Him to work on the problem unhindered. When we do this, we can declare with the writer of Hebrews, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” James 4:7 tells us that we need to submit to God and resist the Devil, and Satan will flee from us. Many times, the struggles we endure are brought on by the enemy of our souls, as he tries to redirect our attention from God. We need to put ourselves under the guidance of God’s leading, and those storms, though they may be difficult, will not undo us or bury us under the difficulty. God promises us, “And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15 ESV)