In my time of need

In the book of Psalms, David passionately declares that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, ESV).  I can honestly say that there have not been too many times in my life where I felt as if I was in distress, unsure of where my life was headed.  Only recently has this verse and so many others provided me the comfort needed when a part of this world seemed to crash down around me.  This past June, I was released of my position due to budgetary restraints.  This was a first for me.  I had never lost a job before.  I didn’t really know what to expect.  What I did know was that I was confused, angry, and not sure if I would be able to provide for my wife and three children.  So many thoughts flooded my brain.  In my “time off”, I began to search scripture.  As Abraham Lincoln stated, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.  My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.”  I knew that the only place to go was to my Heavenly Father who had some comforting, encouraging, and sometimes admonishing words for me.

If you have found yourself to be “without” (job, family, friends, finances, etc.), may I encourage you with what brought me comfort.  You are not alone.  As Psalm 46 continues, “Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah” (Psalm 46:2-3, ESV).  The following is a list of both scripture and quotes that landed heavy on my heart, by God’s grace, in His perfect timing, in my time of need.  Be encouraged!

“There is hardly ever a complete silence in our soul. God is whispering to us well nigh incessantly. Whenever the sounds of the world die out in the soul, or sink low, then we hear these whisperings of God. He is always whispering to us, only we do not always hear because of the noise, hurry, and distraction which life causes as it rushes on.” ~ Frederick W. Faber

“When God is involved, anything can happen. Be open. Stay that way. God has a beautiful way of bringing good vibrations out of broken chords.” ~ Chuck Swindoll

“We all face trials and difficulties but we have to know, in our weakness, He is strong. God has a plan for each one of our lives and He wants us fully dependent on Him. Do not think you can face the trials of this life on your own. You will fail. Trust in God.” ~ Raul Ries

“This is the encouragement in difficult times. This is the light in the darkness. This is the comfort on the sorrow. This is the hope in the despondency. His glory will be revealed and we shall see it. Lift up your heads, lift up your hearts. You will see His glory!” ~ Campbell McAlpine

“Faithfulness: Going on for God in spite of everything and everybody, completely dependent upon Him.” ~ Campbell McAlpine

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NKJV)

“Stalwart walks in step with God; his path blazed by God, he’s happy. If he stumbles, he’s not down for long; God has a grip on his hand.” (Psalm 37:23, The Message)

“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:15-17, NKJV)

“Speak, Lord, in the stillness, While I wait on thee; Hushed my heart to listen, In expectancy.  Speak, O blessed Master, In this quiet hour; Let me see Thy face, Lord, Feel Thy touch of power.  Speak, Thy servant heareth, Be not silent, Lord; Waits my soul upon Thee, For the quickening word.” ~ E. May Grimes

“When God permits His children to go into the furnace, He always keeps an eye on the clock and a hand on the thermostat.” ~ Greg Laurie

“The Lord wants to destroy that place of self-confidence in our lives and to bring us to a place in which we only trust Him.” ~ Steve Mays

“The way to really have happiness and fulfillment in life is to die to self, for the more you live for yourself, focus on yourself, the more you are concerned about yourself, the more miserable, depressed, discouraged, and defeated you’ll be. Take up your cross. As for your life, give it up, lay it down, let it go.” ~ Jon Courson


The Revelation Song: “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’” (Revelation 4:8, ESV)

“This is the day the Lord has made. Don’t load it with yesterday’s regrets or tomorrow’s troubles. Rejoice in the gift of today!” ~ Max Lucado

“I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” (Isaiah 41:13, ESV)

“God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“Believers are divine property, invested at the discretionary will of the Master for His own profit.” ~ Murray Harris…”For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:7, 8 NKJV)

“Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; he directs it to whatever ends he chooses.” (Proverbs 21:1, The Message)

“‘But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ (1 Corinthians 2:9)…”It has been said that the hammer shatters glass, but it forges steel. God has His purposes in the storms of our lives. God is in control, and He has a plan.” ~ Greg Laurie

“…for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13, NKJV)

“God’s faithfulness is experienced in his continually awakening in us the grace to keep believing. He keeps us. And he does it by giving us the passion to treasure him and pursue holiness.” (John Piper)…”Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, NKJV)

“The hopes of the godless evaporate. Their confidence hangs by a thread. They are leaning on a spider’s web. They cling to their home for security, but it won’t last. They try to hold it tight, but it will not endure.” (Job 8:13-15)…Versus…“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!” (Psalm 42:5-6)…Choose wisely!

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” (Romans 8:26-30, ESV)


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