This post is in connection with the new "Panic Button" on my sidebar. Just a post of encouragement and prayer in a time of trouble or need. Hope it helps! ;D
This is a crazy, fallen world that we live in. Because man and the devil have freewill all sorts of hardship and oppression seem to prevail. To a certain extent this is true. This is why bad things happen to good people. This is why even those that believe and have relationship with Jesus are subject to this world of decay. But there is hope in Jesus to live victoriously within the battle.
I am not saying that bad things won't continue to happen; unfortunately they will. Man and the devil will continue this destruction till the end of this world. We will also continue to make our own mistakes that have certain consequences. I am also not saying that bad things that happen are the will of God for you. God's will for you is always loving, fullness and rest. Anything other than that is not God. But sometimes we get pushed out of that will by man, the devil or by our own sin. This is why our loving God gives us grace through His Spirit.
2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you , for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Romans 8:26,28 "...the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us...and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him..."
Romans 8:37-39 "In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus."
So take heart today. God can take the very worst situation and turn it into something good. The verse above says that God will allow NOTHING to separate us from Him. The trick is for us to agree. Don't let bad things that happen separate you from the love of God. God's heart is grieved at the state of things in this world. He longs for the time when we will be gathered unto Him in heaven. Where He will wipe the tears from our eyes. Where there will be no more death, pain and fear. But He is waiting so that all might be saved.
Until that time partake of God's grace everyday and for all situations. Cast your burdens on God and take His rest. Stand firm against the enemy, that is the devil. Be victorious in this life. Be a witness of God's power, grace and love. If need be forgive. There is no freedom in unforgiveness.
Father God we come before you today with our problems, burdens and oppressions and lay them at your feet. We are unable to make it through this life without your love, grace and provision. Lord we know that you seek good things for us. We know that the enemy seeks to thwart those plans. So God we come before you asking you to gather us up in your arms. To set us on the path of Your will once again. To give us power to stand against the enemy. To give us the love to forgive those that have wronged us and if need be the humility to forgive ourselves. God give us the grace to continue forward. Give us a willing heart to learn from this situation. For we know that when the world pulls the rug from beneath our feet it gives us the opportunity to fall into deeper intimacy with you. Thank you God for your grace. Thank you God for your love. Thank you God that you care about me and all that concerns me. You are my provider and strong tower in times of trouble. You are a good God. Thank you Jesus. Amen!