Words from the Heart for Thursday May 3rd, 2018
I cause light to shine. I also create darkness. I bring good times. I also create hard times. I do all these things. I am the Lord.
Isaiah 45:7 (NIRV)
Good Times and Hard Times
The Lord alone is the One true God. He makes this claim for many reasons but especially because He is the Creator. He does not take orders from any greater power. Rather, as Creator He is able to do all things. This verse lists things that only a mighty God can do. We can confidently put our trust in this all-powerful Lord.
During the Great Depression of the 1930’s things were particularly difficult in Newfoundland. A number of folk songs were written to describe the pain suffered by the people, including an adaptation of an older song by William James Eberly of Bay de Verde, that he titled “Hard, Hard Times.” The collapse of international markets made it difficult to sell fish at any price, and for years, many Newfoundlanders lived on the government dole of six cents a day.
As we get older we understand that while we prefer the good times, it is often in the challenging times that we mature and develop into the person that God wants us to be. It has been said that every great leader has had a time of brokenness and defeat, and it is out of that experience that he learns important lessons like compassion and servanthood. The Lord God knows what is best for us and in Isaiah 45:7 He says, “I cause light to shine. I also create darkness. I bring good times. I also create hard times. I do all these things. I am the Lord.” Not all of the challenges we face are sent from God. Sometimes He allows them to come our way. But He creates the light and the darkness, the good times and the hard times. He works His will in our lives and His desire is to craft us and mold us into the person that He wants us to be. One thing we can count on is that He will be with us, in the good and the hard times. Allow Him to mold you into a person of God.
These have been words from the heart.