Hope in Troubled Times


“Do not fear for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you…” (Isaiah 43:1, 2)

In difficult times, our LORD promises, “I will be with you”. In the long routine of a caregiving day, “I will be with you”. And in the times when you begin to feel overwhelmed, “I will be with you”. As our LORD’s chosen, you are never alone. He does not promise that we will be spared the dangerous “waters” and the  flooding “rivers” of life because we belong to him. Those troubling times are an inevitable part of the depth of your caring and concern for the life and wellbeing of another. Instead, our LORD’s promise is that we will pass “through” the times of pressure, no matter how long, no matter how deep, and that we will be comforted and strengthened by his presence.

Troubled times are also times for reaching out to a trusted family member or friend who will listen patiently to your concerns. Their presence may be another of our LORD’s gifts to keep you from being overwhelmed as you go “through the rivers”.

Prayer – LORD, help me to be assured of your presence in difficult times. Amen

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