Word of Encouragement
By John Shepherd Lim
Dear Beloved in the Lord,
Exceedingly Much Help Is Available
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. (KJV)
Are you vexed in your spirit? Heavy burdened by the affairs of life? Worn out chasing that extra dollar? Is there a persistent issue that seems to be draining strength and life from you?
We must learn to take all our own problems to God regardless of their nature. Not only does God save us from sin, heals our bodies, rescues us from crises, He also wants to help and empower us to overcome every problem. We must learn to take each one to God in simple faith and believe that He hears us. God is a personal being and not some abstract impersonal force.
And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. (Amplified)
God is indeed our refuge and strength. The saints of old trusted in this Refuge and drew strength from this faithful Source. They lived victoriously. They were “subject to like (similar) passions as we are”. They discovered that God is a “very present help in trouble.” This means that God is the constant source of exceedingly much help. He wants us to live an abundant life full of positive expectation and enthusiasm because He is the God that performs great and wonderful deeds. “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).” Jeremiah 33:3 (Amplified)
I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills [his purpose] for me. (NIV)
His purpose shall be fulfilled in your life whenever you choose to yield your life completely to Him and submit yourself to His Word. His purpose for your life is good and not of evil (Jeremiah 29:11). Remember: God does not want us to live in fearful expectation of evil and misfortune. So “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11 (NIV)
His wonderful divine empowerment be upon you. Shalom!