Sometimes life can be hard and challenging, with its heartaches and sorrows; sometimes we feel isolated and alone, as problems mount up and we are overwhelmed. Then there are times when the heavens seem to be made of brass! What’s happening to us and our salvation experience during such difficulties? The scripture teaches us that Yahweh is always planning for our good [Jeremiah 29:11]; that He can take the ashes of our lives and create beauty, giving us joy for mourning and praise in place of heaviness [Isaiah 61:3]. In fact, Yahweh makes everything beautiful in its time! [Ecclesiastes 3:11]. Can we believe this? When we’re hurting, we want to know, “Where are you, Father?” So, where is He?
Throughout a lifetime of service, I have come to appreciate that Yahshua is the most steadfast Friend and life-time Companion that it is possible to find. I have been walking with Him [and seeking Him] for more than 65 years and He has never let me down. With hindsight, I know He takes care of all the details of my life and is always there in a crisis. He has proved to be, constantly, more than amazing! He works to bring good out of painful situations for those whom He has called [Romans 8:28], and, in my experience, is never very far away!
Yahshua declared His mission in the synagogue of Nazareth one Sabbath morning when He read the Torah portion, confirming that He was anointed of Yahweh to preach good news to the poor, proclaiming freedom for prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, and release for those who are oppressed. [Luke 4:18-19; 21]. The power to fulfil this mission was released to the whole world when He died on Calvary, not only our sins, but also for our sicknesses, our sorrows and our grief. [Isaiah 53: 3-5]. This power is still the same today, we can reach out to Yahweh for everything we need – and, through Yahshua, He will meet us. They are very near to us!
John Wesley said, “If our problem is no bigger than raising [Yahshua] from the dead, [Yahweh] can take care of it.”
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