Hate evil, you who love the Lord, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 97:10 NASB
We are called to hate that which is evil. We live in a world and culture in which the things of wickedness are glorified. As we seek Christ each day we become more and more aware of the wickedness of the world. We are called to be set apart in the world. In God’s word the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Holy Spirit is clearly presented and we are called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. As we walk with the Lord each day the Lord is continuing to refine us and to prune us. Those the Father loves He prunes and as we walk each step of this journey the Lord is continually cutting away the things of our fleshly nature and replacing them with His nature and His character.
Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight.
Psalm 119:143 NIV
It is God’s word that sustains us. It is very easy when we feel overwhelmed to become isolated from everything, including our relationship with God. But in the midst of a trial we must draw near to the Lord and read and meditate upon His promises for us. He will strengthen us and sustain us. He has not called us to try to overcome anything in our own strength. In fact He has called us to trust Him and rely on Him for everything.
God allows trials into our lives for a reason. If this journey with Christ was a comfortable one we would often fail to draw near. We would simply become self-consumed and a relationship with the Lord wouldn’t exist. But it is often in those moments in life when we feel overwhelmed that we need the Lord the most. It is in those moments when we draw near that the Lord wraps His arms around us and carries us.