God is Always There

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Isaiah 40:28-31 (NLT)
28Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the creator of the ends of the earth.
He doesn’t grow tired or weary.
His understanding
is beyond human reach,
29giving power to the tired
and reviving the exhausted.
30Youths will become tired and weary,
young men will certainly stumble;
31but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will fly up on wings like eagles;
they will run and not be tired;
they will walk and not be weary.

Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
10Don’t fear, because I am with you;
don’t be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
I will surely help you;
I will hold you
with my righteous strong hand.

Reflect

  Everyone struggles with different hardships. I know of many teens who struggle with depression and anxiety. I haven’t been diagnosed with either of these more serious conditions, but there was a time in my life when I was sad most of the time. Growing up, I was always shy and I found it difficult to even order coffee on my own.

  Whenever I was feeling sad, I would pray to God. However, I didn’t notice God changing anything. I convinced myself that every prayer to God must not be reaching Him. I wasn’t certain that God even knew what I wanted him to do.

  I now realize I didn’t have enough faith in God. I knew I needed faith, but I didn’t know how to get it. Suddenly, God put kind people in my life and helped me to join a new church. From that point forward, I knew God had changed my life for the better and he was, indeed, watching over me. Once I couldn’t find God anywhere, but now I can feel His presence over me and working through me.

  I still struggle. Everyone does. I will admit that not every day is great, but I still come home to a roof over my head and to a family that loves me. I realize that I have it pretty good. We all have struggles in our lives that become obstacles, but we have to remember that God is with us and He always wants us to seek Him.

Respond

  Think about these verses from Isaiah and how they relate to your struggles. Then, remind yourself of all the blessings God has given you.

The author is a high school student.

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