Commentary By: Gordon King
Even during times of great adversity God is good! The Lord God Jesus Christ is always good, He is righteous, holy, faithful and true!
We trust in God when times are good, but do we trust in Him when times are difficult? It’s easy to trust in the Lord when things are going our way, when life is good, when we are at peace with the world, but it’s not always so easy when the chips are down, when it seems as if the entire world is against us, when there is chaos and turmoil surrounding us.
I am telling you from experience my friends that God is always good, that not only can we trust in Him when times are good but even more so when times are bad!
It’s not always so easy to see God’s hand in our life when things are going our way, but His hand really sticks out when times are difficult, in fact the more difficult they are the more that we can see God’s hand working miracles!
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”
The year 2020 has been filled with misery, heartache, pain and suffering, and it almost feels like we have reached the end of all things, and in many ways perhaps we have. However, with that being said, God is still with us! The good Lord is here and His miracles never cease. Through the darkness, through the evil and wickedness, the Lord is showing His hand throughout the world, bringing many to salvation, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and clothing the naked. But He is doing so much more than that, He is our shelter, our refuge, and our strength, He comforts us in times of trouble, He hears us and answers prayer!
I don’t know about you but I have seen the hand of God working in my life throughout the year, even during hardship and adversity, the Lord has listened to my prayers and answered them! Amen. God is good!
The more that I see God working in my life the closer I get to Him, the more that I see that He cares for me the stronger my relationship with Him becomes, for I know that He is listening to me and hears my cry. My trust is in the Lord, my God, my Savior Jesus Christ, the Rock of my salvation!
Through my experience with God I would have to say that it is easier for me to trust in God when things are bad, for I can see Him much more clearly working in my life. When the Lord works in my life during difficult times it’s much easier to see then in good times, just as a light shining in the darkness is much easier to see then a light shining in the middle of the daylight.
The righteousness of God really stands out in times of adversity as well, when the world becomes darker, more evil and wicked, then the truth of God shines like a beacon, it exposes the darkness, and those who are led by darkness don’t like it one bit! We witness this more and more each day, as believers are mocked, scorned, and ridiculed, with increased persecution against us as the days go by.
As the evil and wickedness increase in the world day by day God is still with us, and God is always good! He can be trusted in both good times and in bad, during the calm and through the storms. We may not always see it but He is providing for us, we may not always feel His presence but He is there, we may not feel that He cares but we are precious in His sight and He loves us dearly!
As believers in Jesus Christ, as His followers we are also God’s His children, loved by God in a special way.
1 John 3:1
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”
He loves us so much that He is sharing His inheritance with us!
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
The good Lord is with us always, in times of trouble, both in good times and in bad, and nothing will ever separate us from His love, nothing!
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
As long as we are born again then the good Lord will not allow anyone or anything from snatching us out of His mighty hand!
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.30 I and My Father are one.”
When we witness the goodness of God, when we see Him answering our prayers and performing miracles in our life then we know that we can trust Him. We can trust God in all things at all times, good times, bad times, all times. Not only can we trust Him in caring for us and loving us but we can also trust the promises that He has made to us, each and everyone! This means that we can trust in our salvation, we can trust in our eternal life, we can trust that the Lord will come in the air one day to take us home! Amen.
Increase your faith, trust in God! Be aware of God working in your life, and know that He is with you always!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!