From Dear Jesus by Sarah Young
I am not a careless God. When I allow difficulties to come into your life, I equip you fully to handle them.
I know You are perfect in all Your ways, so it is impossible for you to be careless. However, I also know You are absolutely sovereign: Nothing happens that You have not allowed. When difficulties in my life overwhelm me-events You could have prevented-sometimes it feels as if You are being careless with me. I believe You do equip me to handle whatever comes my way, but I need Your help in using the equipment.
Beloved, realizing you need My help is half the battle. You also need My Word and My Spirit. The Bible imparts to you essential wisdom: My promises to be near you and take care of you, exhortations that help you avoid sinful snares, offers of forgiveness when you “miss the mark,” promises of My Spirit’s living in you and empowering you.
It is important not to be surprises or alarmed by the many trials that enter fyour life. Until you reach your tulimate home in heaven, you will be at war. When you have a wartime mentality, it’s easier to handle difficulties as they arise. You don’t waste time and energy bemoaning your circumstances; you avoid the trap of feeling singled out for hardship.
I do indeed equip you fully to handle your difficulties. But you have to make the effort to use what I provide: My Presence, My Word, My Spirit. Come to Me when you are heavy laden and you will find rest for your soul.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.–
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. –
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden…and you will find rest for your souls. –
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