Trust in Trials and Triumphs

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth. – (Job 19:25, NIV)

I know that there is someone to defend me and that He lives! And in the end, He will stand here on earth and defend me. – (Job 19:25, ERV)

Still, I know that God lives – the One who gives me back my life – and eventually He’ll take His stand on earth. – (Job 19:25, MSG)

Job, after he had lost everything, still stood on the truth that he knew. In his heartache and anguish, he cried out to God and proclaimed the truth before his friends who had stopped supporting him and begun blaming him for his own misery. God, in His goodness and mercy, restored Job’s health and wealth to more than it was before, and honored his faithfulness, despite all that Job had suffered. God has good things in store for us, despite the trials and heartaches we have to endure. His goodness stands forever, and His promises are eternal. It is our eternity that provides hope, even on the darkest days. No matter what comes, God is still good and is still on the throne. May we ever remember that our Redeemer lives and in the end, He is our hope forever as Lord and King of all.

The Lord is alive,

Our hope and our peace;

No matter what comes,

His love will not cease.

Though days might seem dark,

The true light will come;

He brings grace and peace,

For all is not done.

Look to the heavens,

The Lord ever reigns;

Our hope forever,

And goodness He brings.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your word and for the examples who have gone before us. Thank You that despite the difficulties that happen, You still reign and have power to restore. Forgive us for our wavering faith when challenges overwhelm us. Teach us to turn in trust to You, ever holding fast to the truth that we know. Thank You that You are our hope and promise forever. Show us how to walk alongside those in the midst of struggle, so that we might love, encourage and bless as You do. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust You in every season – both trying and triumphant, for You love and lead us through all. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds. – Psalm 73:28

Light of the World

Light of the WorldJesus our light,

light of the world;

world in darkness,

darkness has stood.

True light has come,

come so we’d see;

see the right path,

path unto Thee.

Place trust in Light,

Light that will last;

last shall be first,

first will be passed.

Those in the dark,

dark hides what’s true;

true is His word,

word that guides you.

You are children,

children of Light;

light meant to keep,

keep hearts set right.

“Then Jesus told them, ‘You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons(daughters) of light.” – (John 12:35-36)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to be the Light of the world. Thank You that in Him, there is no darkness. Jesus, thank You that while we were still shrouded in darkness, You came close and shined Your light, so that we could become children of light. Forgive us for letting our light grow dim, or for keeping it hidden where we are meant to shine. Lead us and guide us in Your way, so that we may shine brightly before all who are stuck in darkness. May Your lasting love be found through the radiance that shines through all who remain in You. May many come to know Your light, so that they too, may leave darkness far behind them. Let sparks spread quickly, so that our flames will burn bright unto You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present