“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”- Joshua 1:9
This is the verse of the day on Bible Gateway.com - so appropriate anytime, but especially for the hard times that we are all living in right now.
It is so easy to get discouraged. We listen to the news or read the paper with all the gloom and doom. Maybe you've recently experienced a broken marriage. Maybe you have a child who has strayed from the Lord. Maybe you're down to the last $5 in your pocket. Maybe there's no food to feed your family and you wonder what you're going to do. Sometimes we wonder if there is any hope!
In these hard times it can feel like God is far away. It can feel like He is not hearing our prayers. When I have times like this I remember something I read a long time ago. "God doesn't move away, we do." Then I remember that maybe I haven't been spending as much quiet time with the Lord as I should, I'm not reading my Bible, and I'm not praying as much. I have to move back to God. He is always there waiting for His child to come back and spend time with Him.
There is hope!! The verse says it all!! God is ALWAYS with us!! Cling to that hope and we will all get through these trying times!! God loves you and will never leave you!!