1. He is still with us and He is still in control.
Even if it doesn’t appear that way – He is. The story of Joseph comes to mind. His brothers wanted to kill him but they settled on selling him into slavery. The bible doesn’t record it but we can imagine what must have been going through Joseph’s mind. His own brothers wanted to kill him. His own brothers sold him into slavery. He gets to Egypt and things settle down for a while and then it happens again – Potiphar’s wife makes a scandal on his name and to prison he goes innocently.
But when we look closely at the story, one of the things that stands out in Genesis 39 where that story is found is the constant repetition of the phrase ‘the Lord was with Joseph’. Through all that he had gone through and all that he was going through and all that he would go through, the Lord was with Joseph. And that little phrase changes the whole tone of the story. It is what makes the difference and gives us present believers the assurance that no matter what we are going through God is with us and He is in control of the situation.
God’s word says it over and over but one of my favorite passages of comfort is Isaiah 43:2 says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
Dear believer, God is still with you and He is still in control of what you are going through.