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plant. Growing pains are just that...down right painful! The seasons that develop growth within us are uncomfortable and difficult, but guess what? God is such a good father that He allows us to give those burdens, that are causing us such difficulty, to Him. He takes care of it while we grow and become the person He has in mind.
God never, ever brings us to something and makes us walk through it alone. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
That’s right! Read it again and let it soak into your spirit. Be encouraged because God never makes us walk through the fire alone.
The story of the three men from Daniel 3 who were thrown into the fiery furnace is a great description of what happens spiritually when we have a trial. He is there with us just as He was in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
And let’s not forget...the men came out of the fire totally unscathed or harmed, AND they were promoted (Dan. 3:30).
Psalms 55:22 tells us not only what to do in situations that have us walking through fire, but it also tells us what God is going to do in return. This verse has gotten me through and is currently getting me through difficult times. If we give, to God, the burden, trial, mountain, illness, financial struggle, job hassle, heartache or whatever you are facing today, He will sustain you!
I love words and I love to take specific words in scripture and delve into what they really mean. A lot of times, we may find that one simple word has such a bigger meaning than what we expected or thought. Let's look at the word sustain a little closer, and I believe you will be just as encouraged and hyped as I was!!
The Webster’s Dictionary actually gives many meanings for “sustain,” but I am going to focus on just the ones that pertain to this verse. With these definitions, this verse becomes so much more powerful.
It is inevitable that we will, at times, face many giants that seem impossible. But it is also certain that we have a big God who takes it all for us while sustaining and seeing us through the battle.
Be encouraged today! If you are facing something that has you overwhelmed with fear of the future, release it to God, and He won’t let you fail or fall!
Make the choice to release it to him so that you can gain back your peace while being sustained by the Almighty who loves you enough to take on a giant and give you what you need at the same time.
Author- Marianne Logan-Johnson
I wanted the create a space for encouragement. I have so much about parenting and momming to write about, but I will leave that for the other page on my website. This page is for those who need a pick-me-up to get them through their day. I will be posting mini devotionals that anyone, not just moms, can apply to their everyday lives, and see the positivity it adds to your day! I hope you enjoy, and get just as much encouragement out of these mini messages that I do! Happy reading!