DayBreaks for 10/29/12 – When You Thought the Worst Was Over
“When you’ve walked through the valley of the shadow of death
When you thought the worst was over
And the worst is what was left
Some things he can’t explain now,
But by and by he will.
Look up through the pain now, and you will find him
Deeper still you will find him, deeper still than before
Deeper still goes the anchor, deeper still the ocean floor.
Deeper still he has taught you, deeper still there is to go
Deeper still is the Savior, deeper still than we know.” – from Deeper Still: For Those Who Grieve, copyright 1997 IBS Publishing
There is something inside of us that leads us to hope that our troubles are about at an end. But what happens when you discover that what you thought the worst was only the beginning, or only a mid-point in the trouble? I wish I had a silver-bullet answer that worked in every situation for everyone. But the following I do know:
FIRST: God is still in His heaven and is still on His throne.
SECOND: God still loves you – regardless of the cause of the difficulty (and sometimes it is brought about as a result of our sinful, selfish decisions).
THIRD: God still sees you (Psalm 10:14): “But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.”
FINALLY: Whether your mind and heart can grasp it or not, you will still win – because your Father God will have His way when all is said and done.
PRAYER: Father, it is tough not knowing if we have seen the worst and things will get better or not. We try, Lord, to hold on to your certainties, but it is not easy. Give us the courage and the strength for each day to face whatever it brings, and help us to know that you truly are in it with us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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