Monday, June 3, 2013
God Gives Strength in Lonely Times
When we're serving God, there will be times of loneliness, as we move further away from "how we were raised" or what those around us are doing, and into God's specific calling on our own families.
"The joy of the Lord is your strength." ~Nehemiah 8:11
There comes a time when we have to rely on the Lord---and Him only---for our strength. The sooner we figure this out, the better; unfortunately, it often takes a crisis for us to begin leaning solely on the Lord.
Many of us were raised in great homes with doting fathers and attentive mothers. We had good relationships with our siblings growing up, and had loyal friends whom we remained close to into adulthood. We married spouses who adored us and might have started a career or ministry in which we felt needed and fulfilled.
Sadly, many times it's these blessings on our lives that serve to be the very things that distract us from realizing our need for God.
One of the greatest prayers we could pray for ourselves and our children is that God would make us aware of our need for Him. Sometimes this lesson is learned in difficult circumstances, but those are times when we truly understand the verse that says, "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." ~1 Thessalonians 5:18
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. ~Job 1:21