Many Afflictions

The Lord knows your every need, each pain, hardship, and suffering. He sees you in the middle of your struggle and heartache. He sees far ahead of you knowing the trouble that lies in wait for you upon the trail ahead and knows how He will comfort, protect, and keep you through the best and worst of times.

He also searches hearts and souls upon the earth, testing and trying them to see if they are worthy of Him. He sees into the very heart and soul of every man and woman, looking at the condition and orientation of the inner workings of their very being, the truth of who they really are in their hearts.

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain it. Psalms 139:1-6

When you have come to the end of your rope and you have humbled yourself before Him to seek His help, comfort, and deliverance, He hears your cry. He listens to the cry of the righteous and the lowly in heart. He knows the request before it is present on your lips and He has a plan to carry you through, protecting you on all sides.

The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and His ears toward their cry. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:15-18

He is the one who allowed the struggle and pain. He is the one who instituted the test and the refinement of your faith. Through many hardships and struggles, you will have to endure, you must go through them to reach maturity, to be prepared, and to acquire the strength to climb the hills of adversity He has lied ahead. The Lord is getting you ready for the work He has ordained for you to accomplish.

Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.  Acts 14:22

Be strong and courageous, your God is with you. He doesn’t allow anything to come into your life that He doesn’t have a plan and purpose for. Though it will be painful and pressing to a degree that no one else could understand, He will perform His great work within you to bring you out of it better, stronger, and more faithful to Him than you ever were before.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned. Psalm 34:19-22

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