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13 September 2006

Verses for Difficult Trials

Here are some good verses to provide comfort and assurance during trials.
. .

Psalm 34:18. "The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who
are crushed in spirit."

Isaiah 41:10. "Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your
God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my
victorious right hand."

Psalm 23:4. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort
me."

2 Corinthians 1:3-4. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in
all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any
affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."

2 Corinthians 1:8-9. "We do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our
affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively,
beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the
sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in
ourselves, but in God who raises the dead."

It is interesting to note the 'purpose' flavor of those last two . . .

--> ". . . so that we will be able to comfort . . ."

--> ". . . so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God . . ."

God provides comfort in difficult times yet during the trail, and even
after the trial is ended, the benefits go on for our good, for the good of
others, and for His glory.

One particular benefit the Lord has in mind is for us to rediscover Him
afresh as the one we can trust and cling to through trials. And learning
to not trust in ourselves but in God is a rediscovery that goes on all
through life!

Be encouraged. God is with you through all trials. This reality has been
guaranteed through Christ our mediator. Rest in Him and take every
opportunity to rediscover His readiness to carry you through to the very
end. Our Heavenly Father is good and He loves His children through Jesus
Christ.

Resting in Grace,

Shane.

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