Confidence in Affliction

IMG_2731The Beartooth All-American Road has been called the most beautiful road in America by more than one person. This unbelievable drive takes you from Wyoming into Montana (or vice versa) and is usually coupled with a trip to Yellowstone. It contains some of the most curvy and twisty roads we’ve ever traversed and takes you to dizzying heights.

You’ll find glaciated mountains, lush forests, pure glacial lakes, crystal clear waterfalls, and stunning alpine tundra along these sixty-eight miles. Peak after peak, lake after lake, it is worth every single butterfly you’ll feel in your stomach.

“In the beginning, Lord, You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.” Hebrews 1:10-11.

These verses in Hebrews were taken from Psalm 102:25-26a and are thought by some scholars to be penned by some suffering saint during the Babylonian captivity. At this time, Israel is in captivity, and beloved Jerusalem is in ruins, and this prayer goes on to display the confidence the writer had in God’s deliverance of his nation and himself.

Confidence in affliction. Things couldn’t look worse for the psalmist, yet hope could not be higher. By reminding himself that the God he was trusting was the One who, in the beginning, laid the foundations of the earth, made the heavens with His hands, and would outlast all creation, he was able to maintain confident expectations of God’s deliverance.

Are you in a state of deep affliction? If so, look around you. The same God who created everything you see on earth and in the sky lives today and will deliver you from sin, sorrow, grief, and pain. His deliverance may not come in our preferred way or time, but it will come, in His perfect way and time.

Let the majesty and power God displays in His creation serve as a reminder to us that He uses that same majesty and power on our behalf when we yield our lives to Him and trust Him.

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