Do you ever think that your life is always going to be sad, traumatic, painful………? You can insert whichever adjective you like but when you start to live a life with Christ life can take a huge turn for the better. Isaiah 43:19 tells us “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.” Surely that should excite you! We all need a new start when we think we just can’t keep going with life the way it is.
Friends, God promises to show us the way to live a life that is pleasing to Him and full of His blessings! Seriously, I truly get so excited writing these blogs because when I am studying out scripture for these posts, God is revealing more of Himself to me!
He promises that when we are unsure of which way to go He will provide the way for us and it will be a smooth way (Isaiah 42:16). Life isn’t always easy, and indeed, for some it is just downright difficult and you may believe that you can never get a break but that is just a lie, Jesus promises us that we can live a full and abundant life when we submit ourselves to the Father and He will give us rest (Matthew 11:28).
With God there is always a way out, you need never feel that your are trapped or stuck again; whether that is in a relationship, a job, a lifestyle or anything else God will always provide you with an escape route. He only asks that you make the decision to change where you are, seek Him and then follow what He tells you to do.
It is not always easy making a change, we tend to get comfortable in the lives we lead even if that life or lifestyle is not healthy for us. I have heard people say things such as “If he is hurting her why does she stay, why doesn’t she just leave!” That is so easy for someone to say if they have not lived in an abusive situation. When I was just shy of my 18th birthday I moved in with a man to whom I was engaged to be married. Once we moved in together I realised that it was a mistake, he drank heavily, he was verbally abusive to me, emotionally abusive and controlling. I wanted to leave within about a month but I didn’t because this man told me things like I was fat, stupid and ugly and no-one else would have me. He controlled our money, he stripped away all of my self-worth and so I stayed because I didn’t believe that I could live away from him. I was also afraid of what he would do once I left but one day, after about 10 months of living like this, something inside me snapped and I immediately moved back home to my mothers house. Yes things did get a bit ugly over the next six weeks and I needed to involve the police but I made it out and if that is your situation then I am here to tell you that you can make it out too!
I did not have a relationship with Jesus back then I but I know His hand was still upon me and He guided me out of that situation (Psalm 67:2) and He will do the same to you if you just trust in Him (Proverbs 3:5)
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