Encouragement for Those Who Suffer (the Old Testament Version)

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* The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. - Exodus 14:14

* Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the
Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign
Lord is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.
- Habakkuk 3:17-19

* The thought of my suffering and homelessness
is bitter beyond words.
I will never forget this awful time,
as I grieve over my loss.
Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”

The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
to those who search for him.
So it is good to wait quietly
for salvation from the Lord. - Lamentations 3:19-26

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* The thought of my suffering and homelessness
is bitter beyond words.
I will never forget this awful time,
as I grieve over my loss.
Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”

The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
to those who search for him.
So it is good to wait quietly
for salvation from the Lord. - Ezekiel 37:1-14

* Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!’”

Then another message came to me from the Lord: “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me. Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” - Zechariah 4:6-10

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* You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book. - Psalm 56:8

* I love the Lord because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!
Death wrapped its ropes around me;
the terrors of the grave overtook me.
I saw only trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“Please, Lord, save me!”
How kind the Lord is! How good he is!
So merciful, this God of ours!
The Lord protects those of childlike faith;
I was facing death, and he saved me.
Let my soul be at rest again,
for the Lord has been good to me. - Psalm 116:1-7

* The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

The righteous person faces many troubles,
but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. - Psalm 34:17-19

* He will not crush the weakest reed
or put out a flickering candle.
He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. - Isaiah 42:3

 

Holy God, we bow before your majesty. We thank You for desiring us, finding delight in us, even in what feels like a broken state. We love You. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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One Comment on “Encouragement for Those Who Suffer (the Old Testament Version)

  1. Thank you for giving us Gods encouragement today. I wish the words could float in the rooms of my home so I could see them, even hear them, above the words that come from my own feeble mind. I will read them aloud today. They are true and for those of us who are living now. Love you Shelly

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