Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:10-12 ESV
I would like to share this scripture with anyone who feels under pressure, going through hard times and feels discouraged. If you do feel like life is trail by fire, know that God is with you and surrounding you with love and grace. A good start is to read the Word of God to grow in the true knowledge of whom God is. Only then you can distinguish between your feelings and the truth. Our hearts are deceptive, and we should rather trust what God says instead of our hearts. Another good way that will help you with the struggle is to pray fervently about what you are going through, asking for advice, godly wisdom, peace and comfort from our God who knows all! Talk to God, have a conversation with Him. If need be, cry out to Him, express what you feel, and ask Him to help you think clearly about things. He might not answer immediately, but wait on Him (this is quite important). Do not make your own plans, He answers in His perfect timing. Wait on God. The last point, we can find a way through difficult times is to have fellowship with a church community, this is the infrastructure of support God designed for His children so that they do not have to face challenges alone. When we start building relationships in church we are encouraged, but also we can encourage others. I hope that this will help you as much as it has helped me.
Dear UBC family and others,
I would like to wish you a very happy and blessed new year. New years can always seem so intimidating with things starting off from scratch, new challenges, new worries. But I would like to encourage all of us to keep focused on our Almighty God, who knows the future, and knows what we need every day. We need to drink from the everlasting stream of living water.
“…but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14