"We must keep faith, we must keep hope, we must keep courage, we must keep Christ. We would better creep away from the battle field at once if we are not going to be brave. There is no time for the soul to stampede. Keep the skyward look, my soul; keep the skyward look!" ~Streams in the Desert
"For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;" II Corinthians 1:8-10
"When each earthly prop gives under,
And life seems a restless sea,
Are you then a God-kept wonder,
Satisfied and calm and free?"
~Streams in the Desert
Troubles will come. We could not stop them, if we would. They are sent from God to refine us, to strengthen us, to make us more like Him.
Why then should we lose hope in the midst of the trial?
Even when we despair of life, as Paul did in the above verses, we must "trust that he will yet deliver us"!
God is able to bring us through...to bring us out.
Place your trust in that truth and lean confidently, calmly, on Him, as you ride out the storm.