Psalm 119:49, 50 (KJV)

49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

Journeys through the valley are both inevitable and painful.

However, they’re also meant to be profitable. For example, trials can be times of discovery about God. When feelings of helplessness overtake us, He provided His strength to sustain us.

When despair tried to close in, He invites us to experience His peace and promised rest (see Matt. 11:28). In the midst of the clamoring pain, He offers Himself as our comforter and protector.

Other discoveries we make in severe crisis have to do with ourselves.

Terrible times test our faith and reveal our true character. When a crisis first hits, most of us will respond with alarm. Then, if our relationship with the Lord is weak, fear will increase.

As pressure continues, some of us will panic, some will seek Godly counsel, and others will blame people or God for the problem. Instead of standing fir and looking to the Lord, we also try to find a way out on our own. These are signs of spiritual immaturity.

By contrast, those whose faith is strong will move from alarm to trust over time.

We see this in the faith of David as he writes, “Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life” (Ps. 119:49,50). David centered his faith in God’s word and was rewarded for it.

We, too, must seek out the Lord through prayer and the Word, remembering His help to us in the past (see Ps. 77:11-14).

In this way, our endurance and confidence in Him will build and we will also believe His promises and trust Him to keep them, despite any evidence to the contrary. 

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