What does faith offer in times of trouble?

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Miller

Miller

Chaplain (Capt.) Thomas Miller
2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

 

“Sir, I need your help. My dad is dying, and I’m on the other side of the world.”

Too often I have heard words of this nature from Soldiers struggling to deal with tragedy.

In some instances, death has already occurred and they are distraught with the loss of a loved one, accompanied by guilt for not being close to their family. In other instances, death appears certain, and the Soldier is battling with how to deal with the oncoming grief and their inability to be near their loved one.

As I listen to their stories, I can’t help but be reminded of my own. In 2004, I lost my dad during a time when geographical boundaries made it impossible for me to be there.

Perhaps you, too, have experienced times of trouble that were beyond your control, leaving you struggling with how to cope. Your story may not be the death of your dad or even death at all. Death is only one among many anxiety-producing circumstances in life.

Some experience similar anxiety over concerns such as other’s opinions, financial difficulties, family separation, failure, rejection and so on.

While people on the outside may observe some difficulties, often those that the public doesn’t see produce the most pain and fear; they exist deep within the heart. Whatever it may be, you have a story and can relate well to the feeling of duress that is sometimes brought about by life’s troubles.

A person does not need to follow God for long before they discover that walking in faith offers encouragement and hope, but it doesn’t provide a fairy-tale life.

The question to be answered is, if walking in faith with God does not prevent difficult times in a person’s life, then what does it do?

Isaiah 41:10 provides an answer.

 

“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 righteous right hand.”

 

Through this promise in Isaiah, and many others like it, we realize that, when walking in faith with God, he is able to provide comfort for the hurt. When life’s challenges arise, God does not abandon us. Therefore, he instructs us “fear not, for I am with you.”

He also provides confidence to the insecure: “Be not dismayed, for I am your God.” By reminding us who exactly it is that is “with” us, God brings relief from anxiety.

Finally, God provides courage to the faint-hearted. His promise is, “I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” In essence, he says, take courage; whatever level of need you have, I will provide.

When you have 90 percent and need me to make up the difference, “I will strengthen you.” When you have only 50 percent and feel as though you’re on the verge of collapse, I will come along side and “help you.” When you have fallen out and have 10 percent remaining, “I will uphold you.”

When walking in faith and working through life’s troubles, God provides help for the present, hope for the future.

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