With Jesus, We Can Get Through Times of Oppression

January 24, 2013 | Tags: ,

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All the days of the oppressed are miserable,
but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 15:15

We face times of difficulty and misery when we are dealing with any kind of oppression. We may be dealing with oppression from family members, from co-workers, even from so-called friends. But God knows what we are going through. “I have observed the misery of My people in Egypt, and have heard them crying out because of their oppressors, and I know about their sufferings” (Ex. 3:7). God pays close attention to us. “I have paid close attention to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt” (Ex. 3:16).

God will deliver us from oppression. In the meantime, we can still walk with joy in our hearts, knowing our Savior Jesus is protecting us as we walk through it. God validates our feelings—He knows because He experienced them too in the incarnation of Jesus. But with our hearts fixed on Him and His promises, we can be cheerful, and even have a continual spiritual feast in the midst of our sorrows. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Ps. 23:5).

A cheerful heart is a lovely thing. It is given to us by Jesus, and it can carry us through the most difficult times of oppression. Hang onto the Lord and His promises during times of oppression. It will keep your heart cheerful. Write down Bible verses that lift your soul to the Lord. Keep them in your pocket to look at when you are feeling down. Yes, all the days of the oppressed are miserable, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

By Courtney Silberman

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