And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
When trouble shows up in our lives, it is sometimes accompanied by pain that feels unbearable. When we are suffering, it helps to remember that the pain we experience in this world does not last always. Although we will experience discomfort and discouragement in this life, God’s Word promises that at the proper time, we will bring in a harvest if we don’t give up (Galatians 6:9).
2 Chronicles 16:12 (KJV)
And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.
In this modern age, with all of its medical and technological advances, we must not forget that God is the ultimate source of help and healing. He is the creator of all things and holds everything together in His hands.
When we are sick in our bodies or find ourselves suffering in a hard place, we can find help when we seek the Lord in prayer. Place your complete trust in the Lord today and give Him the honor that He deserves.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
It’s not too late. God still desires you. You can find your way back into His will. If you would do three things, God will bless you in three ways. If you become humble, seek God through prayer and turn away from sin, God will hear your prayers, forgive your sins and heal your soul. Turn back to the Lord and He will deliver you.
Psalm 37:23-26 (KJV)
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
Do not fear when you walk through treacherous territory because the Lord protects the righteous. He makes our steps secure and goes before us to clear the way. The presence of the Lord is always with His people.
Psalm 17:6-9 (KJV)
I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
When we pray to God and seek His protection, we can expect to receive an answer. Those that look for safety in God are the “apple of His eye.” When trouble comes, flee to God and seek refuge under the Rock.
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2 Kings 3:17 (KJV)
For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.
Despite the drought like conditions that we may live in from time to time, Christians have reason to remain hopeful. Scripture tells us that despite being in a drought, God can still make the water come.
Nothing is impossible for God. He can do whatever He pleases. As long as we remain faithful to God, we are connected to the One who can meet all of our needs.