Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. (Psalm 71:20).
Sometimes life is hard.
In case you hadn’t noticed.
I’ve noticed recently that several people in my life are going through brutally difficult times.
And I have a fairly small life.
So much pain. So much sorrow. So much fear. Sometimes I’m even afraid to pray for these people because I get caught up in it, swept up in it, and I feel like their pain will pick me up and carry me away. And I want to help, but I know that there’s nothing I can do because I’m just Michael, and that’s really not so very much.
But then I read this verse. I think back on yesterday’s verse. I remember the troubles, many and bitter, that God has brought me through. I remember that I am restored.
And I know that, as painful as these times are, they are not eternal.
They may feel eternal…but that is a lie.
What is eternal, Beloved of Christ, is you.
And you and God.
So remember that you are a child of promise. And that promise is as strong and sure and certain as the One who made it.
He will lift you up. Believe it.
If it helps…I’ll believe it with you.
Or for you.
Happy Friday, Beloved.