But Live…

Psalm 118:17, “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.”

We all experience times in life when we wonder if we can put one foot in front of the other. Storms of life have tossed us to the point we truly do not know how much more we can take. An illness strikes a family member; we experience a job loss; foreclosure on a home; unfaithfulness of a spouse; divorce; death of a loved one; tragic, unbelievable events hit and leave us standing, trying to determine where to go. The Psalmist, David, wrote Psalm 118 as a result of going through hardship after hardship; but, he knew from where his help came. He knew Who was steering his ship. He knew the Lord was with him.

There is power in simply knowing Who is beside you. I learned this from watching my dad. As a boy, I witnessed the manner in which my dad handled the struggles of life. He wasn’t complacent about them, but he did keep moving, pushing through, and living because he knew he would see the goodness of God – in time.

Life isn’t easy for anyone. I cannot tell you why some people may suffer more than others. I do know, if trials have not entered your life, they will. It is inevitable because it is a part of life.

The important part is how you handle what comes your way. David writes, “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

There are times when God will change the circumstances around us for a better solution, and there are times God will change our perspective on life. Sometimes, God will give us the comfort and strength we need to keep moving forward. And other times, God will come in with an a miraculous answer.

I can’t pretend to know how God will get you through what you are going through. But I can confidently say, “He WILL.” Our part is to stay close to His Word. Stay close to Him. Walk in His promises. Keep our eyes focused on Him and trust…”I will not die but live…” As hard as it is, LIVE… Move forward… Believe…

“…and (you) will proclaim what the LORD has done (for you)”


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