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When Things Don't Get Better
As a pastor for nearly 35 years I have dealt with more people than I can remember who have had sickness and sorrows.  I have listened as people have shared their burdens and told me of diagnoses, of test results and surgical outcomes.  I have wept with families as they talked about a child who has gone astray and they longed for them to come back home and to the Lord.  I have sat many long hours in hospitals waiting to find out if surgeries would go well.  I have tried to encourage people who were dealing with their most difficult and dark hours of life and wanted to lift them up.  You want to encourage hope that things will get better.  But what if they don't.  I listened to someone this past week who kept saying, "Tomorrow they will be better."  "Tomorrow they will be better."  But they weren't.  What do you do then?  When things don't get better, how do you deal with it?  To me the answer is found in the words of Psalm 71:16-I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD.  That is how we make it when things don't get better.  It isn't in our own strength, but in His strength.  In all of those situations I talked about being in as a pastor.  It wasn't my words that helped in any of them.  It was His strength that made all the difference.  In the dark and difficult hours I watched Him step into their circumstances and bring comfort and peace.  When things don't get better, it is in the strength of the Lord we can make it.  There are times when things do get better, and praise His wondrous name for those times!  But when they don't, you can go, you can make it, you can face it in the strength of the Lord.
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