Charles Spurgeon was no stranger to struggles and suffering, so for him to say that “As sure as God puts His children in the furnace of affliction, He will be with them in it,” wasn’t a mere platitude.
Oftentimes when we are in the midst of the darkness, it feels like we are alone. But we’re not alone. We’re never alone.
God promised us that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). The thing is that as humans, sometimes we fall prey to the lie that there are places that God won’t go.
But it’s just that: a lie.
Romans 8:38-39 says:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future,nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Something that I do sometimes (although not nearly as often as I should) when I’m struggling to sense God’s presence in the midst of what I’m going through is to speak that verse to myself and replace the things/places in the verse with whatever it is that I feel is keeping me from the presence of God. It helps me to remember that no matter what I’m feeling, God’s word is still true.
For I am convinced that neither _______ nor _____, neither _____ nor _____, neither the ______ nor the______, nor any _______, neither ______ nor ______, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Fill in the blanks with whatever it is: illness, insecurity, depression, anxiety, lack of faith, grief, fear, shame, failure, weakness, addiction, anger, doubt, no matter what it is, NOTHING can separate you from the love of God. NOTHING!
Through it all, He is with you and He will NEVER leave you!