Twists, turns, bumps, lost, bruised, hurt. Frustrated, depressed, angry, scared. Fear, panic, paranoid, & distraught. This is me. This is me on my best day. This is me on my worst. This is the inner battle. This is the fight I feel like I am almost always fighting. Can you relate? So many of us can and do.
Now, I also feel joy, gratitude, relief, comfort, love, satisfaction, grounded, smart, excitement, & victory. This is also me. Can you relate? How in the midst of such a long list of negative feelings and emotions can one feel the latter? I will tell you. JESUS is how. In the midst of our turmoil and adversity, JESUS makes a way to experience the opposite even in the very midst of it. He is the WAY. He is the truth. He is the light (John 14:6). He is the Light in the Darkness (John 8:12). He is the comforter (John 14:26). He the great redeemer (Titus 2:14). He is our mighty warrior (Psalm 18:1-2). He is our compass (Isaiah 58:11). He is our faith in the midst of fear (1 John 4:18). He is our hope (Exodus 3:13-14).
I may feel so many of these things, but what I feel and what I know are two different things. I KNOW He is good (Psalm 118:1). I know He is faithful (1 Thessalonians 5:24). I know He is strong (Nahum 1:7). I know He is my salvation (Isaiah 12:2, Psalm 62:2, Psalm 38:22, Psalm 68:19, Psalm 25:5). I Know He loves me (John 15:9).
C. Kingsley, M, A, Wrote..
Who was Moses sent to? To the Children of Israel in Egypt. And what sort of people were they? Were they wise and learned? On the contrary, they were stupid, ignorant, and brutish. Were they pious and godly? On the contrary, they were worshipping the foolish idols of the Egyptians. Why did God care for them, and help them, and work wonders for them? Why? Exactly because they were so bad. Just because they were so bad, His goodness yearned over them all the more, and longed to make them good. Just because they were so unclean and brutish, His holiness longed all the more to cleanse them. Because they were so stupid and ignorant, His wisdom longed to make them wise. Because they were so miserable, His pity yearned over them, as a father over a child fallen into danger. Because they were sick, they had all the more need of a physician. Because they were lost, there was all the more reason for seeking and saving them. Because they were utterly weak, God desired all the more to put His strength into them, that His strength might be made perfect in weakness".
Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church