I remember a week in the summer of 2007. Nothing was going right. I had been laid off and was so frustrated with my job search. My precious 16-year-old dog, Daisy, had a stroke. We had a flood in our community, and it destroyed our living room, and then my computer crashed.
I'm guessing you've been through similar calamities or something even worse.
One lie Satan told me was: "If God really loved you, He wouldn't be putting you through this right now."
The combination of those events happening together bruised my emotional wellbeing. I just couldn't get my cheerfulness back. But as bad as my life was, deep down I knew that God still loved me.
So, I cried out to Him. Although I had been a Christian for decades, I'd never left it all up to God. I had tried to do everything on my own.
Here's what I prayed: "Dear God: I can't take any more of these challenges. Only you can help me feel better. I can't do it on my own any longer. I surrender my life, my ability and my time to you. I will do anything you want me to. Just help me get through this. You know what I need. In Jesus' name, amen."
After that prayer, a burden left my heart. Everything didn't get better overnight, but God let me know He was in charge. And when catastrophes happened again, I had peace knowing God would see me through them. I know now God can test me and teach me, but He won't destroy me.
If you are in need of help and hope, learn from my experience and remember how much God loves you. The good news is nothing will ever change that. He loves you so much that He sacrificed His only son for your eternal life.
"Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."
— John 14:27 (NASB)
"In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
— John 16:33 (NASB)