28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:
16 But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
A wife asked for prayer and encouragement in a group I belong to on Facebook recently for her family due to both of them (husband and wife) being suddenly unemployed. The result of unexpected company layoffs. UGGH! Testing. Pressure. An overwhelming fight. We’ve all been there at some point, and if not trust me one day you will. Let’s face it, that’s just life. Joy and pain. Sunshine and rain. Life.
Isn’t it great to find a community that is willing to support and uplift you in your daily walk with God when the trials of life come to you just like this couple? To me, it’s priceless. The loving hug of a caring church member that covers you with love and God’s peace. The unwavering support of family (by blood or otherwise) that lifts you up when you are falling down. You can even be miles apart and complete strangers, yet your prayers of faith and your words of encouragement can cover the distance to tear down strongholds, encourage the downtrodden, and build up the broken things in a weary life . WOW!! Like I said, priceless!!
Below is a copy of my response which was just one of many that I also wanted to share with you, my readers, in case you are going through a similar situation. The person to whom I originally wrote this message wrote me back that it really encouraged them, and that it was just what they needed to hear. Praise God! He knows exactly what we all need, and if we listen He can give us the right words to speak (or write) in the right season too. It is by His spirit that souls can be saved, delivered, and set free, but we are His chosen vessels to carry out the work. Hallelujah!!
My testimony …
Years ago we went through this also. I was a stay at home mom at the time, and my husband loss his job. Instantly I felt panic, but through prayer I found peace. It was a difficult season at times, but God took us through. One of my favorite memories is when a brother in Christ showed up at our door with groceries out of the blue and without knowing our current situation. He simply told us God told him to bring the groceries, so he did. Amazing! I always remember that as one of the many times I’ve seen for myself of God’s faithfulness. I have so many personal stories from my life to look back on to know for myself that the bible is true and not another book, but they came mostly in the valley. I’ve heard it said before that in order to see a miracle you must first have a need. God is still in the miracle business!! Be of good courage!!
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.