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Going Through

If you obey the Lord, he will watch over you and answer your prayers. When his people pray for help, he listens and rescues them from their troubles. The Lord is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope. The Lord’s people may suffer a lot, but he will always bring them safely through.

Psalm 34:15, 17-19 Contemporary English Version (CEV) Belief in God and obedience to His commands set us apart as "His people." When we pray, we must have faith that He exists and can answer our prayers (Hebrews 11:6). It is then we find the peace that surpasses understanding as we wait on His timing for a response. God sent His Son Jesus to reconcile us to Him as His people and to restore our hope by forgiving the sin that separated us from Him. God heard the cries of His people for help before He sent Jesus. God loved them then just as He loves us now. They just had a hard time believing in His love because of their guilt and we often have that same problem. Jesus died on that cross to free us all from this bondage. God raised Him from that grave to show us that as we follow Him, nothing can ever again separate us from His love (Romans 8:35). Nothing! A mighty fortress is our God! He rescues us from forces that seek our destruction, both seen and unseen. As we trust in Him, we will still go through trials and troubles but the operative words here are "go through." Going through something means eventually coming out of it. When we feel forsaken and discouraged, we have even more than David had to hold fast to when He wrote the words above. We know we have a Savior who is our Intercessor sitting at the right-hand of God (Romans 8:34). Knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord, we are given the privilege of standing in His righteousness because He shed His blood to save us. We can ask for anything according to God's will and He hears us! God can and will move that mountain if it blocks our way to His purpose for our lives. He made the mountain. God's Word to me and to you today is simply this: Don't lose hope. Pray and believe. God will bring us safely through.

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