God is walking with you if you are a believer in Jesus Christ and have acknowledged him as your Lord and Savior. Every second of every day, he is with you. Imagine that; you are never alone. He’s walking ahead of you to clear your path. He’s walking behind you to clear the dust of your past. And he’s walking beside you to help you through every obstacle and detour of your life.
He is an all-surrounding God. He surrounds you with his mysterious love and power which will see you through every trial.
While you’re trying to keep your children engaged when you can’t go out of the house because of the pandemic; during your hurting heart, self-doubt, and fear; under the cloud of discouragement, he is there with you, shielding you from the fiery bolts of destruction.
Call on him. Even though you may not feel his presence at this moment, even though it may seem like everything is falling in on you, he is your banner of victory. He is a mighty strong covering over you.
Yes, he could lift you out of depression, hopelessness, and frustration right this moment. But I’ve learned that the way he usually works is to strengthen us “through” the storm. If he always lifts us out immediately, we never will strengthen our faith muscles so that we can endure until he comes back for us.
When I was walking through the valley of depression and anxiety disorder, I begged God to lift me up and out of it. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep. My skin would crawl, and I had no control over the panic attacks that would seize me several times a day. I couldn’t even see in color anymore – everything was black and gray. Fear and anxiety seemed to rule my day. It felt like life had been sucked out of me and despite crying out to God, I couldn’t feel him and nothing changed.
One day when I was at my lowest, I packed a bag. I felt like the only thing left to do was to check myself into a hospital. Then, a voice impressed itself into me: “Everything is going to be okay.” It wasn’t an audible voice and it wasn’t self-initiated thought. It was my Lord telling me to hold on!
Today, I am strong. Through that storm, God taught me to lean on him for my every need. Today, I walk in the faith that God’s promises are always, “yes.” I need not fear anything or anyone because he is my Shepherd. He was with me through my storm of depression and I came out stronger on the other end. And he will do the same for you. Hold on.
This is the fawn season in my neighborhood, and I watch how these tiny deer struggle to stand on their feet when they’re firstborn. They’re wobbly and unsure. But their mothers are close by to help and protect them. The mother might nudge them along, but she can’t do the walking for them. By walking on their own, they strengthen their bony legs, and eventually, their walk becomes sure and steady. That’s how it is with us. God doesn’t do the walking for us. But he guides and protects us and encourages us through his Word and the help of other believers.
Let him strengthen you in the storm. He wants you to grow through it, strong and wise, living an abundant life. He promises to give you victory. Don’t doubt him and his promises to you, especially while you’re pushing against the storm on feeble legs. He will strengthen you as you have faith in him to do so.
Hold on my dear sister and you will see the glory of God show up in your life. Worship and praise shim now in the midnight hour. This is your show of faith. And when the dawn comes, he will show himself faithful to you. He will touch you with every ray of his Son and fill you with unspeakable joy. He saves you.
For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake, You will lead me and guide me. (Psalm 31:3)
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing (James 1:2-4)
And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)