Grace in the Wilderness

It’s perfectly normal to have problems in life. In fact, they are part and parcel of leading a life on earth. Especially for a Christian, the difficult and trying times are indeed more numerous and often even harsher than for others. Nobody likes to willingly go through trials though the outcome of such an ordeal is only for our benefit. As a human being, it’s not too easy to comprehend why our Father would make us endure so much pain. Pain that has the capacity to challenge our physical and mental strength.

In Jeremiah 31:2, we read that “The people who survived the sword found ‘grace in the wilderness’. It speaks about the children of Israel and their experience in the arid dry lands. When one thinks of a desert, what’s the first thought that comes to mind? Dryness, emptiness, nothingness, dead, no life, etc. There is no freshness and no life to be expected in such a place. But the children of Israel found ‘grace in the wilderness’ and they survived by the Lord’s hand. In the harshest conditions, the Lord never left them. He made sure His grace and comfort was there to see them through.

Our life situations too at times may feel like a parched and dried up land—nothing new to expect, nothing to look forward to. This dryness can be felt in academics, work, relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, brother and sister, friends, colleagues and even between us and God. Spiritual dryness can often leave us down and hopeless. Our communication with Him gets affected and it may come to the point where we seem to have lost all contact with Him. You pick up the phone to make a call to Him but He doesn’t seem to be on the other line. His silence can be piercing.

But the Lord who promised us, ‘I’ll never leave you nor forsake you’ (Deut 31:6, 8) lives even today. And He didn’t give that promise only during good times but even through the bad and normal times as well. Our Lord is not one who makes empty promises. If He says something He will bring it to pass in His time (Isiah 55:10,11). Not ours. We need to be patient because He waits for that perfect time. After undergoing a tough situation, we realize that the Lord’s grace, comfort and kindness were with us all along. He never leaves us as orphans. How can He? We are His children. If our Father doesn’t take care of us, who else will? The next time you are faced with a crisis, just remember that God’s silence doesn’t mean His absence. God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble (Psalm 46: 1). God bless.

Triumph in Trials…

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Are you feeling down? Do you feel the trials and temptations in your life are too much to bear? Do not worry. It says clearly in His Word that there is no temptation or trial in your life which you cannot handle. He knows exactly how much you can withstand and will never make you feel forsaken. He is the One who formed and created you and knows you inside out. And the trials in your life have been given to you knowing your capabilities. Hence , do not be disheartened and discouraged. Submit your problems to Jesus with the full knowledge that this trial you are going through right now has been given to you to make you draw closer to Him and soon you will come out victorious. There is a triumph to be achieved in every trial that comes your way and you can overcome it by prayer and keeping your faith firm and rooted in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen!