I have worked and served at CBN Israel with widows, single mothers and families in economic crisis for many years. Throughout this time, I have come across many difficult stories, but I can honestly say that I have never seen even one of these righteous ones abandoned or forsaken by God in their time of trouble.
“I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or His descendants begging for bread.“- Psalm 37:25.
People always feel they are on the edge of their circumstances, but God always has a hope and a future in mind for us.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
When I see people willing to change their attitudes and decide to take responsibility for their life, I see the hand of God reaching out to help them.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”- Philippians 4:4-7
When people choose to look beyond their circumstances, at their full life and not just the missing parts of it, they discover that there is always something to be thankful for.
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”- 1 Corinthians 10:13
Nowhere is it said that we will not undergo trials and tribulations, but yet, God promises to make a way for those who trust in Him.
“Though the fig tree should not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold
and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.” –Habakkuk 3:17-19
When everything is difficult and you feel frustrated, the way to fight it is to come closer to God, being thankful and worshiping, and to rejoice in what you do have. Focusing on the negative pulls you down, but a positive attitude and thankfulness builds hope.