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Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy. Psalm 107:22

When we’ve been through the tough times of life it’s important to look back with joy and thankfulness to be reminded of what God has done for us. It’s human nature during the storm to be concerned for our safety. It’s normal when our health fails to be distracted by the pain of our illness and the uncertainty of our future. During those times it may seem like God is far from us.

But once we have endured, once we have come through the tough times we need to take a moment to look back at the road we’ve travelled. During the tough times of life it may seem as though we’ve been forgotten. We may look back at the mistakes we’ve made, the intentional and rebellious ways in which we’ve taken life into our own hands, the people we’ve hurt or who have hurt us and wonder where God is in all that.

But in the midst of the bad times we need to focus on the fact that regardless of how life looks around us, God is love. He is in control. He is present and loves us very much. Take a fresh look at the positive things He has done in the midst of the storm. If we do that, with an open mind to the realization of God’s love, we will see that even the things that seemed tragic at the time were beneficial for us in the long run.

In Psalm 107 the psalmist writes of the many ways in which God’s deliverance has been evident in the lives of His people. He reminds them of His bountiful provision. He reminds them of God’s love and forgiveness. He asks them to recollect how, when they were sick He brought comfort and healing; when they were homeless He provided shelter; when their friends and family forsook them He became their comfort.

We live in times of great struggle and adversity. Homes are being foreclosed on. Jobs are being lost. Relationships are failing. Families are being torn apart by divorce, death and illness. During these times it’s especially hard to see God’s presence. It’s during these times that we need to hold on tight to the promises that have been made.

God loves you. Regardless of what you are going through, He loves you. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is that you are suffering. Fault doesn’t change His love for you. Take time to focus on what He has done for you. Ask Him for strength to see through the fog of your pain to the strength of His love. Praise Him that even in the darkness He is there for you to comfort, guide and protect.

PRAYER: Dear God. You know the struggle I have today. I’m in such confusion that I doubt Your presence and my ability to continue on. Please show Yourself to me in a real way today. Help me to see the good in all the bad that surrounds me. Forgive me for my doubt and rebellion and help me sense Jesus’ love for me like I never have before. Amen.

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