Difficult Times

I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws (Psalm 119:30).

Are you going through a hard time?  Maybe you are in a court battle or grieving a loss or maybe you have to work with someone that just makes your day miserable.

I was absolutely, down right miserable when I was going through my divorce.  I dreaded going to court.  It didn’t make sense to me to let the judge make the decision.    Attorneys used to tell me that I’ve gone to court more than any attorney.

Weeks before a court date I would go through the motions of life.  I would just barely get through the day.  As the court date approached my stomach would be in knots and my entire being would be drenched with fear, worry and exhaustion.

What do you do when you find yourself in a situation you can’t seem to get out of?  I certainly couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.  By the time my son was 5 years old, I had already gone through two court trials.

I love the story of Joseph in Genesis 37 through Genesis 50.

Joseph’s brothers were jealous of Joseph so they sold him as a slave.  He was a slave for Potiphar (captain of the palace guard of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt).

The Lord was with Joseph.

Potiphar put Joseph in charge.  One day Potiphar’s wife told Joseph she wanted him.  Joseph remained faithful to the Lord and would not sin.  Joseph refused Potiphar’s wife, so she accused him of being unfaithful and coming after her.  Potiphar put Joseph in jail.

The Lord was with Joseph.

Soon Joseph was in charge of all inmates.  Because of God’s blessings to Joseph he became the highest ranking official next to pharaoh.

Each time Joseph was put in a difficult situation he remained focused on the Lord and the Lord blessed him for that.  While going through a difficult time try to concentrate on God by praying and meditating His word.  Try to do your best in whatever situation you are in.  I believe God will drench you with blessings when you remain faithful during difficult times.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please keep me on the path you have designed for me.  Whatever life throws me, Lord, please be by my side every step of the way.  Please take away all temptation to sin and bless me for staying true to you.  Amen

 

Verses to meditate:

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws (Psalm 119:30)

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9)

The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed (1 Samuel 26:23).

Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; (Psalm 86:2)

 

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Comments

  1. carol frake says:

    Mary Jo,
    Great word! Thank you for sharing!
    I can definitely relate! I think I got ulcers from the court
    Battles!

    I will share this with friends and familt.

    Hugs,
    Carol

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