17/100 #SoWillI #Inspired
In the recent past I have had so many conversations with friends on social media. It is clear that we are living through hard times. Very hard times. There are families struggling to even have one meal a day. Many young people are struggling to secure jobs. The cost of living is doubling up but salaries are constant. Two days ago, I was overwhelmed even as I prayed with friends. I looked at my bank account balance and wished that I had enough for everyone’s child to go to school, enough to help out with hospital bills, enough to buy food for everyone going hungry. Things are thick. Well, at least for most people.
One lady confessed to me that she was at the verge of giving up on everything. She had lived all her life honouring God and feels like she deserves some open doors. But this year things have been going from bad to worse. She even compared herself with the Biblical Job. From the loss of loved ones, to the loss of her job and to hardly making it through the day. All I could say was, ‘take heart. Things will be okay’. She asked me, ‘Rawder, what is the formula of taking heart? How do I take heart?
After this conversation, I could not handle any other. I picked my Bible to find comfort, I needed an assurance that God is aware. The Holy Spirit led me to John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I started asking God for the grace to take heart. For the formula of taking heart. As I read His word and prayed, I found peace. That is the formula: God’s word. God in His word says that things getting thick is normal. Our hard times are not surprising to God. He is aware, it is part of our lives. His grace is sufficient in every season.
Friends, take heart. We are not alone. God is aware of your situation. He is still at work in our lives even in hard times. Things might be tough, but nothing is impossible with God. Maybe like my friend, you are wondering how you can even take heart. May you find peace and assurance in God’s word. Your situation is not permanent, praise God through it. Take heart, God is bigger. Find peace in knowing that God will supply your needs. His word says so in Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”