He Is With You

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 

Everybody has a story, and for most of us, our stories include some pretty amazing things. They include miracles and memories. They include relationships and real love. Most of us have been blessed with beautiful things throughout our lives. 

But unfortunately, not everything has been beautiful. You see, I’d be willing to bet that many of our stories also include things like trials and pain…difficulties and loss…hurts, habits, and hang-ups…right? 

Every single one of us could most likely take some pen and paper and write down not only how great our lives have been, but how HARD our lives have been. I’ve never heard a pastor say, “Life on earth is easy.” But sometimes I think we have an expectation that it should be easy. 

I’m not sure where that thought process came from, but there is something there that says, “If I love God and trust God and follow God, my life should be free from trouble and tragedies and full of blessings.”  

The problem with that is what the Lord said in Job 14:1, “Anyone born of woman is short of days and full of trouble.” Jesus said something similar in John 16:33, “You will have suffering in this world.” And when He said that, believe it or not, He was talking about Christians. He was talking about us, people who genuinely love Him.  

Just because you are a Christian and you follow God does not mean life will be easy. Life is hard. But He is with you every step of the way. God promises He will “never leave you nor forsake you.” It won’t always be easy, but you do have Him with you even when life gets difficult.  

There is no greater resource than knowing the Creator of the universe is on YOUR SIDE. When times get tough, turn to Him. He is ready to help. He is with you! 

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bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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