“I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden…”
The song lyrics jumped into my head and transported my heart to times spent with my dad as a little girl. My dad loves his country music. My sister and I were constantly listening to the “oldies, but goodies” on the radio or his 8-track tapes as we worked on cars or worked out in the woods on job sites with him.
The lyrics of this song also jarred me. I was having a moment. Not a pretty moment, but an honest moment. A moment of questioning God. A moment of desperately seeking to understand with a side of whining.
- Why is life so difficult sometimes?
- Why is it not a bed of roses?
- Why do bad things happen to good people?
- Where is God in all of this?
- Why is this happening to me, my friends, my family.
Followed by moments of shouting and reminding God of His promises and doors He had opened.
- But God you said!
- Where are you?
- Why are you not doing what you said you would?
- Why is the door you opened now seem closed?
Then followed by a moment of silence when I heard … “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden…”
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I have found myself in a season of wanting to trust God more, struggling to not ask “Why” and yet trying to have the faith to believe for the impossible.
I have been lamenting and crying out to the Lord a lot lately for my family, my friends and even myself. Though the answers to my heartfelt questions and petitions seemed to be unanswered, I must stand firm upon the truths about who I know God to be. Truths about His nature and His character. Truths that can be found in the Word of God.
The truth is, while I may not hear or see an immediate response, I know that God hears me when I cry out in my distress. I know that God is faithful.
We’re going to Bethel so that I can build an altar there to the God who answers me whenever I am in distress and
who is with me wherever I go. (Genesis 35:3 The Voice)
Jesus never promised things would be easy. He never promised us a rose garden. In fact, it is quite the opposite. In John 16:33 He told us to expect trouble. In Luke 9:23 He told us to take up our cross daily and follow Him. The Psalms are filled not only with great triumphs and reassuring promises but also with great outcries and distress.
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The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth. (Psalm 145:17-18 NIV)
When we find ourselves in times of distress or difficulty, we need to cry out to God. The One and only God who answers us in our distress and is always with us. (Genesis 35:3) As we call out to Him, we can find comfort in knowing He hears us. Not only does He hear us, but as we walk through adversity we are not alone. He is right there with us as we walk through it.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them;
he rescued them from the grave. (Psalm 107:19-20 NIV)
God doesn’t just hear us and walk with us, but He rescues, saves and heals us too.
Have you recently found yourself crying out to God?
If so, then let me encourage you:
Hold on to the promises. Jesus is alive and God is a God who saves. He is a God who hears. He is a God who will never leave us or forsake us. He is on our side and therefore, nothing can stand against Him and prevail.
Plan to join me next week for Distressed Part 2, as I share the 4 Steps to Implement When you find yourself in Distress. I am learning to apply them in this season of adversity and crying out to God.When in distress, hold onto the #promises of #God Click To Tweet
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Debbie Kitterman is a natural born encourager who is on fire for God. She is passionate about equipping individuals, so they can go deeper in the relationship with God, reach their God-potential and claim their Kingdom inheritance. Debbie is a wife, mother, author, pastor, speaker and the founder of “Dare 2 Hear,” a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God’s heart. Her writing and teachings inspire faith and build bridges for people to believe and expect the impossible. She is also an ordained Foursquare pastor, currently serving with her husband, John, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at: www.debbiekitterman.com
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