Joseph Turner was standing in front of one of his paintings of a raging sea. A friend beside him asked, “How did you paint such a realistic picture of a storm at sea. It is so real.”
He answered, “I was on a ship in the midst of that storm. Not only did I see it, but I was also there and felt it.”
Like that painter, Jesus felt the storms of life.
Whenever we lose a loved one, we must remember that He stood beside a grave and wept.
If ever we are a victim of poverty or lack a place of our own, let’s not forget that Jesus had no place to lay His head.
Whenever we feel alone, abandoned or neglected, we need to recall the times when His followers forsook Him and His disciples deserted Him.
Every event that God brings into our lives is one that Jesus has encountered, endured and experienced and successfully survived. Whatever God brings into our lives is temporary and will pass into the pages of history. Because He has overcome the extremes of life, we can take great comfort in the fact that He is willing to share His victories with us if we look to Him for His salvation.
Prayer: Father, You have been where we are or someday may be. So, we know with certainty that You’ve been there before us and will be with us and that we can survive. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Hebrews 2:18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.