7 The LORD is good,
a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him
Nahum 1:7 (NIV)
Do you need to hear these words today? I heard them on Sunday morning at church and can't get them out of my head! I currently have multiple friends whose loved ones are fighting cancer. I have friends who are dealing with the sometimes harsh reality of life. I live in the real world of hurts and fears and disappointments. So these words hit me in that special place where only God's Word can heal.
I know that following Jesus doesn't mean we don't face any obstacles in life. But now we have HOPE because we have Jesus! Sunday morning in church these words allowed me to tear down the walls I usually have around my heart. You know the walls that keep you standing upright when you want to be huddled in the fetal position. The walls that allow you to function through life each day, but the walls that we need to let down when we stand at the feet of Jesus. We can stand unashamed as we approach the throne of GRACE as the writer of Hebrews reminds us:
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (emphasis added)
I needed to be reminded Sunday that I could approach that throne with confidence. I didn't even have anything I could say to Jesus, I just wanted to sit at His feet and let His love wash over me. I enjoyed every minute to our time singing praises to Jesus to the point that I had tears streaming down my face in gratitude for His unconditional love. Through this verse and the songs we sang, Jesus encouraged my heart that even through the difficult times HE IS GOOD! The LORD is GOOD!
Do you need to be reminded of that today? I pray that no matter what your situation, that you can truly cling to the truth that the LORD is GOOD! He doesn't promise that we will escape the fires of life, but He does promise that He will walk with us through them.
Let me leave you with these final words from one of my favorite passages of Scripture found in Isaiah 43:1-3.
1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;