Sometimes life sends you the unexpected.
It’s an unexpected that you didn’t ask for and you don’t want. It came out of nowhere. Perhaps it’s a physical problem, illness, or the death of someone you loved very much. Perhaps it’s an issue between you and a friend. Maybe your child is making bad choices, or you have a spouse that has abandoned you. The list could go on and on, could it not?
It just seems like too much, doesn’t it?
When these things happen, there’s often no real answers in sight to explain the whys and the what ifs. It can be so painful and agonizing.
But one thing we do have is the truth. And the truth tells us that we have a God who is with us, who cares deeply and who walks alongside us in the most difficult of circumstances.
When you are walking that long and lonely road through the unexpected, here’s something you can rely on.
God is always who He says He is.
These verses give us just a few glimpses into the character of God.
God is our shield.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11 KJV)
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2, NKJV)
God is our helper.
Behold, God is my helper;
The Lord is with those who uphold my life. (Psalm 54:4 NKJV)
So we may boldly say:
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6, NKJV)
God goes with us.
The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.(Deuteronomy 31:8, NASB)
Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6, HCSB)
God will provide.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19, NASB)
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3, HCSB)
I’ll just let these words of truth soak into your heart today, just as I’ll let them sink into mine.
Together, we can rely on the fact that we have a God who is always who He says He is. And this means we can know what to expect, even in the midst of the unexpected.Because God is who He says He is, we know what to expect, even in the midst of the unexpected. Click To Tweet
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What verses help you know God’s character? If you’d like to share in the comments below, I’m sure that the verses you list will help encourage someone else!
Dear Lord, sometimes it just feels like too much. Things are not what we expected, and we don’t understand. But You are a God who walks with us. We know we can rely on You to be who You say You are. And you’ve told us You will never forsake us or leave us. Thank you for loving us that much and help us to know it deep inside our hearts.
Next week my friend, Maree Dee, from Embracing the Unexpected will be joining us. She’s written a really good article that I want to share with you! I hope you’ll join me!
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