We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
There will be times in our life where we will have spiritual tests that the Lord allows us to go through to strengthen and stretch our faith. Sometimes during those testings, we may feel like we are alone and there isn't any way out. However, Paul encourages us that though we may be persecuted, we are not forsaken by the Lord. God is always with us, and He promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Once we have received the gift of salvation and Jesus has come into our life, He is always with us through the good and bad times of life. We don't have to go through trials, testings, and persecutions alone because of the great treasure we have within us. During our trials, Jesus Christ will be with us just like He was with the three boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, during their testing of the fiery furnace. God is faithful and just towards us, and although we may feel that He is not always with us during our trials and persecutions, it is during those times that God is looking to see where our faith and trust are really in. Job felt deserted, but when He looked up toward Heaven, he said, "He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." God is always there with us, but He wants to see if we are truly relying on Him or on ourselves. He wants to say "Peace be still" to all our storms, but He wants us to call out to Him in faith (Jeremiah 33:3). Never forget that great treasure we have, Jesus Christ, who is with us during our trials to walk with us through them and promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
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