When God allows something to be taken away, He always gives in that place what we cannot provide ourselves. And in this position, we know that it is God who fulfills our every need.
For our sin, He gave salvation,
In our weakness, He gives strength,
In exchange for sorrow, joy and peace.
Contentment is replaced for our discontent.
Remember Job, so much was taken from him and yet God did not leave him empty, but with greater than he started with!
Abraham, told to sacrifice his son, was given a ram instead.
Moses, placed among the bulrushes, ended up in the king’s palace and was raised up (by God) to lead Israel.
Daniel, taken captive, found favor in the sight of God and man.
Esther, faced with death, (in her obedience) was given the inheritance of her people’s lives.
The list goes on and on. God always gives…it reminds me of the law of sowing and reaping. When faith is sown, God allows, out of that faith, to grow miracles, marvels, –humanly impossible, supernatural life! And only God, Himself can receive the glory.
Is is not stated in Scripture that Jesus was lifted up so that He might draw all men to Himself? It is the same for believers who endure the trials of life: that we might draw others to our Savior. And so, yes, our hearts break when we are taken through the fire, when we walk through the flood waters of life and feel like living is impossible, but in these times, God is enough and will fill our void. He promises to heal the broken hearted and binds up the wounds of the hurting, He gives strength to the weary and lights the path of pain with His light. We need only to keep our eyes on the finisher of our faith! For one day it will be worth is all when we see Jesus.
Ofttimes the day seems long,
Our trials hard to bear;
We’re tempted to complain,
To murmur and despair.
But Christ will soon appear
To catch His bride away;
All tears forever over,
In God’s eternal day.
It will be worth it all
When we see Jesus;
Life’s trials will seem so small
When we see Christ.
One glimpse of His dear face
All sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race
Till we see Christ
Sometimes the sky looks dark
With not a ray of light;
We’re tossed and driven on,
No human help in sight.
But there’s one in heaven
Who knows our deepest care;
Let Jesus solve your problem
Just go to Him in prayer.
Life’s days will soon be o’er,
All storms forever past;
We’ll cross the great divide
To glory safe at last.
We’ll share the joys of heav’n,
A harp, a home, a crown;
The tempter will be banished,
We’ll lay our burden down.
(Words and music by: Esther K. Rusthoi)