“So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'” (Heb. 13:6 NIV. See also Ps. 118:6).
Whenever the struggles of life come our way, God is there to help us, and He speaks to us through His word. And yes, you had better believe God defends us, just like He did with Moses when the people complained in the wilderness; just like He did when Jesus was tempted on top of the temple in the wilderness. Our number one focus must be to rely on God’s promises given to us in His word. Truth can be difficult to uncover in this world, but God’s promises are always true. This we know and depend on, for are we not children of God?
In 2008-2009, due to lay offs from work, my husband was forced to foreclose on two properties. In April, 2017, my family again faced foreclosure. We didn’t have enough money to live on, and neither my husband nor I had a job. The stress caused arguments between us. My husband tried to ask his relatives to help, even offering to repay the loan with interest. I told my husband, “I didn’t pray for more debts! Don’t be disappointed if they answered ‘no’ to you”. At one point during this time, I remember that God opened my mouth to say to him: “Is the Lord’s arm too short for you?” I didn’t know at the time that this was a direct quote from the Word of God. It wasn’t until he came home from work in the bakery on March 28, 2018, at 2 am, and read to me from Numbers 11:23 that I realized it was scripture: “The Lord answered Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.'” (NIV)
It was during this time that God reached out to us through a prayer warrior. Her prayer gave us so much comfort and peace: “Heavenly Father, I come to you and I lift up Sophie to you. Lord I ask that you touch her and give her joy and happiness. I ask that you touch every area of her life and restore all that has been taken. I ask that you touch her finances and provide for all her needs, wants and desires. I ask that you touch her today Lord and give her the joy and contentment that can only come from you. I ask that you restore to her all the things the evil one has taken from her 100 fold. I thank you Father and I give you all the glory. In Jesus name I ask all things, Amen.”
Praise God, our hardship was God’s glory. Our house was saved from the auction. At the last hour, as my husband and I were praying together, I cried out to God with tears in my eyes. Afterward, while my husband was praising God with his guitar, he heard God speak to him: “Ask E Vansonne, she will help”. We did, and she was willing to loan us the money. Through her, God provided the money to repay our other debts through a loan without interest, and then God not only provided the money to repay the loan from E Vansonne in just two months, but He also provided for us to pay off one of the houses where we now live. God glory story is endless in each chapter of our lives.
It must be first and foremost in our thoughts to remember that God is bigger than anything that comes our way. To praise him for who He is, that is my heart’s desire. Will you join me?
Below are a few Bible texts to read when we need to remember that God is bigger than anything. They will encourage your heart and soul. I encourage you to read them, to mediate upon them, to recite them back to God in your prayers: Ps. 46:10; Is. 46:4; Heb. 13:5; Eph. 1; Heb. 13:6; Ps. 118:6; Deut. 3:22; 1 John 4:18; 1 Cor. 15:10. Oh how He loves to be reminded of our devotion to Him!
Here are a few examples of how God has used His Word to bring me comfort and strength:
1. I remember in the midst of the storm over the foreclosure of our home in 2017, I opened my Bible one time, and Rom. 10:11 just popped up to my eyes: “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11 NIV)
2. I remember the day in 2013. I was so sick with an ovarian cysts. God gave me: “Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4 HCSB)
3. When my aunt passed away, God brought this text to my mind: “The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” (Isaiah 57:1-2 NIV)
4. When my daughter was giving us trouble in her teenage years, God gave me this text: “He heals the brokenhearted binds up their wounds.” (Psalms 147:3 NIV); He also gave me John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (NIV)
The Lord is truly my helper. He is my ever present help in time of need, and His Word, the living Sword of the Spirit, is always there to give us the comfort and wisdom we need.
Sophie Chun Ngeth