We all face challenges in this life, and often those trials seem overwhelming. It can be the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of job, severed relationships, etc. As believers, we must be careful not to minimize the situations of others and try to comfort folks with religious jargon. Quite often, it’s best if we shut up (yes, I said it) and be there for someone, whether it’s just your presence, a hug, a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to vent to. Let us not be hypocritical and offer lofty words of encouragement; let us be led by the Holy Spirit and indeed allow the Father to minister as He knows what they need at that specific time. Even in our darkest hour and despite all our suffering and hardships, there’s hope and good news! In John 16:33 ….. “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world, you have tribulation and distress and suffering but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world. [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding].” While we will experience painful situations and loss, we can rest in the fact that Jesus has overcome this world, and one day death will be swallowed up. Oh, what a happy day that will be. Revelation 21:4: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away, And He who was seated on the throne said, Behold, I am making all things new.”

When you find yourself in a situation, and you feel like you can’t go on, call out to the Father. Remember, after Jesus’ ascension; He promised that the comforter would come. You have the comforter (Holy Spirit) inside you if you are born again. He desires to comfort you and bring joy to your heart. Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father also uses people to bring encouragement and comfort. Don’t be reluctant to reach out to trusted individuals for support. The Father uses individuals to meet our needs. 

Challenge for the week. Reach out to someone for assistance if needed. 

Let’s pray. Father, we come before you, thanking you for life, health, and strength. We thank you for the grace and mercy that you extend to us. Help us draw closer to you in every way and maintain this closeness in good times and not-so-good times. We desire to live lives that are pleasing to you. Let us set ourselves aside and be the answer to someone’s prayer. We love you and praise you in Jesus’ name. Amen