You’ll Get Through This
You fear you won’t make it through. You fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop or the pain will never leave. Will this gray sky ever brighten? Will this burden be lifted? The answer is yes! Deliverance is a promise from God to His children. Our deliverance is found in Him.
Psalm 34:19 (NIV)
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.
Looking for hope? God is in the business of redeeming the broken. He was then and He still is. His faithfulness is a comfort to those who are in pain. Think back to a trial that you faced before. How has God played a part in it? Did the situation seem impossible to handle by yourself? Why do you think God help you? Let us consider the story of Joseph in the Old Testament where God made good out of the mess that he was in.
It was in the abandoned cistern without any water where Joseph laid. It was not that his brothers did not hear him calling for help, but that it was their ploy to try and get rid of him for good. Joseph must have cried out desperately, but only to be ignored by the ones who were supposed to protect him. How did the situation turn out like this? It was because Jacob, Joseph’s father, pampered him like a prized possession. Jacob had two wives, Leah and Rachel, but he only truly loved Rachel. So Jacob greatly favored Joseph, who was the first son that Rachel bore him. He treated Joseph very differently from all his brothers. For example, Joseph was given a hand-stitched, multi-colored cloak with embroidered sleeves while the rest of brothers wore clothes that were of much more inferior quality. They were jealous of Joseph and detested him. One day, they took Joseph to a place far from home, away from Jacob’s protection, and unleashed their anger on him.
Genesis 37:20, 23-24 (NIV)
20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”
23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe – the ornate robe he was wearing –
24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern.
Just when Joseph thought that it couldn’t get any worse than that, his abandonment led to enslavement, then entrapment, and finally imprisonment. Yet he never gave up or complained. Bitterness never staked its claim. His anger did not change into hatred. His heart never hardened; his resolve never vanished. Not only did he survive, but he thrived. He ascended in the most amazing manner. An Egyptian official promoted him to chief servant. The prison warden made him head over the inmates. And Pharaoh, the highest ruler, assigned Joseph to serve as his prime minister.
Was it sheer luck? Or was Someone in control? How did he flourish in the midst of tragedy? We don’t need to speculate. It was God’s hands that had been upon Joseph. Twenty years later, when a famine came upon Egypt, the roles were reversed. Joseph became the strong one and his brothers the weaker ones. They expected Joseph to settle the score with them and throw them into a pit, but he didn’t.
Genesis 50:20 (NIV)
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
In God’s hands, intended evil becomes eventual good. Joseph tied himself to the pillar of this promise and held on to it for dear life. It was a heartbreaking journey filled with disloyalty and miscarried justice. But, the torn robe became a royal one. The pit became a palace. The once broken family grew old together. They wove evil, but God rewove it together for good. God is the Master Weaver. He is in control of our lives, nothing escapes His reach.
Eventually, Joseph from being a slave, turned into the prime minister of Egypt and saved his family from the famine that struck the land. He knew that trusting in God and hanging on to Him was the best thing he could do. God would never fail us. It wasn’t painless for Joseph, neither was it quick, but God used the mess for good. If you are facing a similar situation, don’t despair. With God’s help, you’ll get through this.
Psalm 84:11 (NIV)
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
That’s right. God does not withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly, therefore do not lose heart, hope in Christ does not fail, because His love never fails!
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your love is deeper than any love I know. You make what is seemingly bad turn out for good. I know that I can trust in Your faithfulness towards me and Your love displayed for me at the Cross. Help me not to despair or worry about anything, but to surrender all my pain and helplessness unto You. Father, give me strength to hang on no matter what I may be facing. Anchor me in Your promises that I do not doubt You and let me see Your goodness. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”