This chapter was a good reminder to me about the job of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we become a Christian, God sends us a helper than indwells us, which is the Holy Spirit. He is Christ in us.
Stormie talks about two of the jobs the Holy Spirit has… a comforter and a helper. Tough times are going to come. Being a Christian isn’t easy, especially newbie Christians. There are times when we need to take a deep breath and holler “HELP!” to the Holy Spirit. He is there. During times of pain or heart ache, call on the Holy Spirit for comfort. When things get so overwhelming you don’t know what to do, call on the Holy Spirit for help. He is right there ready and willing to fulfill your needs.
She lists four reasons we have difficult times
(1) Sometimes they happen so that God’s glory and power can be revealed. Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen. We may never understand it on this side of heaven, but God’s glory will be revealed in it.
(2) God uses difficult times to purify us. God helps us in troubled times to reveal to us that we need to live for HIM and not for our own selfishness. He wants us to let go of all the things we lust after and to cling to him.
(3) Sometimes our misery is caused by God disciplining us. Yes, as children of God, we need to be pruned sometimes, so that we can bear good fruit, and yes, it means discipline. One of my favorite songs is “Praise You in This Storm” by Casting Crowns, and in the song, the lyrics say “I was sure by now, that you would have reached down, and wiped my tears away….stepped in and saved the day, but once again, I say AMEN and it’s still raining….” Sometimes we wish we could pray away our problems, but sometimes God isn’t through with us yet, and we have to say “I will praise you in this storm… and I will lift my head….that you are who you are ….no matter where I am….and every tear I cry…you hold in your hand….you’ve never left my side….and though my heart is torn…….I will praise you in this storm.”
(4) Sometimes we are caught in the middle of the enemy’s work. Yes, Satan takes great delight in messing with your life…making you doubt God and his provision for you. He will destroy your life if you let him. God will defeat the enemy. Call on him…praise him in difficult times… and he will bring SO much good out of it. Walk with the Lord in times of trouble or despair. He will lead you through whatever you are going through. AMEN!
No matter how dark the situation may be, God is the light of our life. Ask God to reveal his presence to you in dark times. Give thanks to God is all times, in all situations, and not just in good times, but in bad times as well. Reach out to God, and he will take your hand and lead you out of the pathways of despair.
Another song I like…. You Are God Alone … “You are God alone…before time began….you were on your throne…. you are God alone…and right now….in the good times and bad…. you are on your throne….you are God alone. God doesn’t disappear and hide when bad times hit you. He is right there in the middle of the battle with you. Call on him to help you through.