By: Carole L. Haines
I was watching a Tim Janis Christmas video with gorgeous winter scenes scrolling as his soothing music plays. One scene was especially striking. It was the scene of Pine trees weighted down with heavy snow, bowing over. It was as if they were praying to the Lord of Heaven to get them through this rough and fierce winter. Life has winter’s too, and we find ourselves bowed down under the weight of the heavy load we are carrying. Perhaps it’s financial, or an illness, the sudden loss of a loved one, or intense pressure at work, a wandering child. But what God showed me as I viewed this captivating scene, is that He will bring us through. Whatever it is, as we yield to His grace and mercy, as we trust in His Sovereign care, He will bring us through.
But God cares even about the seemingly little things. His Word tells us:
- “Cast your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
- “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. (Isaiah 59:1)
- Therefore, the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. (Isaiah 30:18)
O, how good our God is. How gracious and compassionate He is. How filled with Lovingkindness and mercy. And yet He is just too, and must deal with our rebellion and sin. He cannot turn away from it. This is why Jesus came as the mediator of a better covenant, as Savior of all who would believe in Him, as the One who sits now at the right hand of the Father and is interceding for us.
(Hebrews 8:6, John 1:12-13, Romans 8:4)
Life presses down on us and we feel ourselves bowed over with care, grief and loss; with the stresses this fallen world brings. As this happens, pray, turn to God, find your strength in Him. I will close with this promise from His Word.
“3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:3-5)