Why do most people, it seems, only call out to God in times of trouble? Of course God wants us to call to Him during our times of need and struggle, but why is He not given much of a thought when everything is going well? And when things do go sideways in our lives, sometimes God’s presence is actually brought into question. Receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and becoming Christian in no way grants us immunity from life going “sideways.” Nowhere in the Bible does it mention that, because you believe, you will be free from harm. In fact, Jesus, Himself, tells us in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. “The Lord assures us that He is with us. The Lord said in one form or fashion “I am with you” 365 times in the Bible (Old and New Testament). That is not a coincidence; one for each day of the year. Maybe thanking Him each day of the year for all of the blessings he gives us that most take for granted would be a good practice, even when life has “gone sideways.” “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)”My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” (James 1:2-3) Because He is with you.
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