“Haggai, the LORD's messenger, delivered the LORD's message to the people, "I am with you" —the LORD's declaration” (Haggai 1:13, HCSB).
“I am with you.”
Such simple words, but so profound. So often I try to live this life on my own. I somehow think it’s my lot in life to suffer. I push through the pain like a martyr, knowing better things are ahead.
I think that God wouldn’t give me anything I can’t handle.
I think I can do it on my own.
But I can’t.
Sometimes things are thrown at me that I truly can’t handle.
But then God whispers, "I am with you."
They are there so that we can depend on Him all the more. Yes, there are things we can’t handle. But God is there. He can handle them. And all He asks is that we give Him those things with open hands and let Him take control.
This is such a hard thing to do. There are things that I daily have to give back to Him. Physical pain, hardships, loneliness, uncertainty—I give these things back to Him because I cannot deal with them in my own strength, I need Him to provide.
I need to recognize the difference it makes when He walks through this life with me. When He is in control. Because it most certainly makes all the difference.