(Thankful for an amazing worship gathering Sunday morning at StoneBridge. As promised here is the devotion written by Baylee on the song she shared “Not For a Moment.”

Life is overwhelming. Whether we’re having work problems, family issues, coping with a loss, or struggling with school, a lot of times it can seem unbearable and very stressful. During these periods it feels like God has abandoned us because it’s hard to imagine that the God of the universe, the one who cares so much for us is letting this happen.

“You were reaching through the storm,

walking on the water, even when I could not see.

In the middle of it all,

When I thought you were a thousand miles away,

Not for a moment did you forsake me”

It’s second nature to say “Don’t worry, God has a plan. Just put all your trust in him.” to someone who is hurting, but can be very difficult to believe it for ourselves. It’s much easier to say this when our family is healthy and our jobs are secure, but when tragedy strikes it’s so hard to trust that God is in control. God has told us throughout the Bible that He is always there. Whether we can see/feel/hear Him, He’s still right next to us.

Deuteronomy 31:6 
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

“Not For A Moment” by Meredith Andrews says it perfectly:

“You were singing in the dark,

whispering your promise,

even when I could not hear.”

No matter what stress we are under, Christ understands because He endured all the same things when He was here. He knows what it’s like to have the world against you and everything around you is caving in. But, God is faithful. He knows what you can handle and won’t ever push you past your limit. Even when we are tempted, God gives us a way out: Him. When we are at the end of our rope we need to let go and let God take control.

1 Corinthians 10:13 
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.