“He is working for us now no matter how insurmountable our circumstances may seem.”

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
    and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
    I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
    your walls are ever before me.” Isaiah 49:15-16

Since the day I became a mother I have learned a lot of things. One of the most important things motherhood has shown me is a clearer picture of how God loves His children and that it’s because of this love that He works to protect us from the forces in this world and the forces inside of us that want us to fail and fall away from him. 

Many times I have told my children “no” or withheld something that they thought would be good for them because I knew, as their mother, it wouldn’t be. My children don’t always believe me or understand, and they often think I am just being unfair or cruel. They don’t have the knowledge or foresight to know that I am doing what is best for them. These experiences have given me a glimpse into how God works in my life. There are many times when I question what God is doing or not doing. I struggle to understand how things in my life are working together for my good, but the Bible gives us example after example of God using His power to protect us from both ourselves and others. 

Isaiah 51:9-10 says:
“Awake, awake, arm of the Lord,
    clothe yourself with strength!
Awake, as in days gone by,
    as in generations of old.
Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces,
    who pierced that monster through?
Was it not you who dried up the sea,
    the waters of the great deep,
who made a road in the depths of the sea
    so that the redeemed might cross over?”

God rescued His people in the Old Testament time and time again. Many times His people didn’t even know they needed to be rescued, other times they thought they were better off before God intervened. They could never see the bigger picture and struggled to trust that God was and is always working for them. He was working for the Israelites when they were faced with an impossible escape and their enemies were closing in behind them, and He is working for us now no matter how insurmountable our circumstances may seem. What we need to remember is that we cannot see the whole picture. We do not have the same knowledge and understanding of our lives that God has, in the same way that my children do not understand what I know. He is perfect and He is good and He will use His power to protect and deliver us from all the forces of this world. 

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 

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