TRUST IN JESUS - HIS COMPASSION NEVER FAILS
By Synthia Esther
July 11, 2009
C.S. Lewis confirms in sentiment, "God whispers in our pleasure but shouts in our pain." Heartache, pain and sorrow, presents itself in many life situations. Such was the case in the tragic, unexpected death of my young brother. Who died due to an industrial accident, caused by the greed and negligence of a company supervisor (www.synthiaesther.com/ About Us Tab/ "Died on the 4th of July"). My brother left behind a wife and four young children, whom he dearly loved. There were many tears shed concerning his passing. Did you know without our tears we could not see. For our tears serve a physical purpose, in that they cleanse and clean our eyes with renewed vision and clairty.
Such is true concerning our trials and tribulations in life. Paul was in prison when he wrote the letter to the church he started in Philippi (Acts 16:11-40). Yet he rejoiced in the Lord and was content knowing what Christ meant to him. Paul gives wise counsel, filled with spiritual depth and insight, "...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." - Philippians 4:11-13
All humanity has faced crisis, problems and situations that were stressful and uncertain. "It is the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassion's fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23 One day God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes; and there will be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for in heaven the former things are passed away. - Revelation 21:4 The solid foundational truth of mental and spiritual health is an attitude of gratitude. "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." - Ephesians 5:20 God transforms our lives in ways we simply cannot understand. For Both justice and judgment are the habitation of His throne. - Psalm 89:14 When we can't trace God's hand, we learn as His children, to trust His heart.
"But those who suffer He delivers in their suffering; He speaks to them in their affliction." - Job 36:15
Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D., is author of the book, "GOD IS NOT FAIR - Making Sense Out Of Suffering," New Leaf Press, pg. 182, he writes, "As one approaches the subject of suffering within the Scriptures, he finds that the complete 'Why' of suffering is never found. He must rather rest in the character of God (Deut. 29:29; Isa. 55:8-9) and that all suffering takes place within the appointed boundaries of God. This does not mean that we are not to pursue the subject, only that we are to bow to the truth which God has given us, with the amount of explanation He has revealed." Freeman goes on to explain that suffering is a natural counterpart to life within a fallen world. A world that will one day pass away, as God has created a new heaven and earth, filled with peace, joy, and happiness. Therefore, we trust in Him at all times, and pour out our heart before Him. - Psalms 62:8
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
BIBLICAL SCRIPTURES TO ENLIGHTEN, ENCOURAGE, AND RENEW YOUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD
Psalm 46:1-5, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is with her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day."
Psalm 145:14, "The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down."
Psalm 145:18-20, "The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy."
Job 36:7-9, "He does not take His eyes off the righteous; He enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever. But if men are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction, He tells them what they have done - that they have sinned arrogantly. He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil."
James 1:2-4, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anythings."
1 Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
Romans 5:1-5, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us."
Psalm 31:7-8, "I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place."
Psalm 32:8, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you."
Psalm 32:10, "Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him."
Psalm 50:15, "...and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
Psalm 55:22, "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall."
Psalm 56:3-4, "When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?"
Psalm 62:1-2, "My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken."
Psalm 63:6-8, "On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me."
Psalm 37:28, "For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake His faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off..."
Psalm 37:5-6, "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun."
Psalm 34:4, "I sought the Lord, and He answered me; he delievered me from all my fears."
Psalm 34:18, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Psalm 34:19, "A rightesous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all..."
Psalm 31:14-15, "But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me."
Psalm 31:19-24, "How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues. Praise be to the Lord, for He showed His wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city. In my alarm I said 'I am cut off from your sight!" Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. Love the Lord, all His saints! The Lord perserves the faithful, but the pround He pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord."
Psalm 34:8-10, "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord, you His saints for those who fear Him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing."
Proverbs 30:5, "Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him."
2 Corinthians 1:10,"He has delievered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us."
Luke 4:10, "He will command His angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone."
Romans 8:38, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:18, "I consider that our present suffernings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."
Romans 8:28, "For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."
Romans 8:31, "If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Habakkuk 3:17-19, "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights."
Proverbs 18:10, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."
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