TRUTH: HE is in the Midst of It All


Helplessness induces hopelessness, and history attests that loss of hope and not loss of lives is what decides the issue of war. B.H. Liddell There are many times in our lives that we will feel helpless. Before hopelessness is frustration. Whether with a spouse, a child, a friend, work or even a rudimentary task, we will certainly encounter difficulties in this life. Since facing this world as 17, I have subscribed to the notion “It is not what happens to us that determines our path, but it how we respond to the circumstances and events of life. TRUTH: HE is in the Midst of It All.

The reality that God is with me was an unknown until I was 17. Since then, my consciousness of that fact has been more like the tides than that of canine loyalty. Moreover, I have learned that “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Yet, I forget that God is always with me and always willing to help me. TRUTH: HE is in the Midst of It All. 

Yesterday, April 29, is a classic example. For about two weeks, my shower has had a small drip. It is a matter that I have had to address several times before. Usually, the fix is a small spring and rubber-like gasket that has to be replaced. I went about attempting to fix it. I turned the water back on and proceeded to go back upstairs to my bathroom. When I got there, it appeared that someone had turned on a fire hydrant. More than that, my wife was coming up telling me to turn the water off. I responded to her by saying I know. In reality, I did not know. The hydrant like flow was running down the wall and created a fountain in basement. Water was every where. The floor in one room was flooded like firemen had dowsed a fire. Once, I got the little Chattahoochee taken care of I ran into problem after problem. The biggest one was that the shower flow would not turn off. Turning the handle was like spinning the wheel of a ship at a playground. I forget that the war or the battle is not against flesh and bloodTRUTH: HE is in the Midst of It All.

Needless to say, I was frustrated beyond measure. I did not lash out at my children or wife, but I was lost in dispair. I couldn’t figure out how to keep the water from coming out of the shower without turning off the water to the entire house. While my wife and I had gotten our showers earlier in the morning, my kids had not. There was no water to flush if one had used the restroom. No water to cook. No water. As I wallowed in my helplessness, I began talking to myself. Like a scratched or broken record, I kept saying, “I don’t know why it will not turn off.” Seemingly after the millionth time of saying that, I said, Lord, I don’t know what to do. Help me.” This is when the situation transition from helplessness to hopefulness. These scriptures capture that transition.

Psalm 46: 1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 34:15-19

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;

 

God told me that He was with me. He told me the TRUTH: HE is in the Midst of It All. It was all I needed to move from feeling overwhelmed to overjoyed. I am not sure what you are facing, but I know that God desires for you to humble yourself and call upon Him to help you in your struggle or trouble. He alone can say to the storm peace be still. As those scriptures and Fred Hammond’s Song “In the Midst” reminds us that God expects us to call upon His name. That name that is above every name. While the shower was not completely fixed, my heart and mind were. God had attended to me. God had helped me in the spirit by His Spirit. I had experienced the TRUTH: HE is in the Midst of It All.

Our afflictions may be numerous and complicated, but prayer can set us free from them all, for the Lord will show himself strong on our behalf… Broken hearts think God far away, when he is really most near them; their eyes are holden so that they see not their best friend. Indeed, he is with them, and in them, but they know it not. They run hither and thither, seeking peace in their own works, or in experiences, or in proposals and resolutions, whereas the Lord is nigh them, and the simple act of faith will reveal him…What a blessed token for good is a repentant, mourning heart! Just when the sinner condemns himself, the Lord graciously absolves him. If we chasten our own spirits the Lord will spare us. He never breaks with the rod of judgment those who are already sore with the rod of conviction. C.H. Spurgeon

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