by Danny Tariman
“In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” – John 16:33
“I am sorry to bother you, Bro. Danny.” This was the closing sentence of an email I received today from Bea (not her real name) who was asking for some prayers and advice for her very big problem.
Bea had lived with a man who fathered her son. Because of quarrels, which led to physical assaults, she tried to leave him many times. But after patching up, she’d go back to him again. Recently, she finally decided to leave him for good, even though she had already forgiven him for all he’d done. With the difficulty of raising up their son, Bea wants the father to give financial support. But the man now has another woman.
Problems like this can be overwhelming. You can either focus on the situation and crumble, or focus on God’s Word and move on. The Bible says very clearly: “No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
In times like this, take courage! The Lord is with you!
Reflection: Are you deeply troubled and about to lose hope? Take courage and hold on to God’s Word. The Lord is our strength.
Prayer. Lord, You are my strength and my hope. Take me by my hand and let me walk out of this problem. Amen!
(This reflection is originally published in Didache June 2, 2014)