In the Middle of It

Written by Brother Jared Scolaro on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Posted in Devotional

In the Middle of It

Have you ever felt like even after praying and praying about that tough situation in your life, you still see no sign of improvement? Like you’ve waited and waited, but it still feels like too much to bear? Where is God’s deliverance in these times?

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Psalm 34:17)

Many times, God moves His hand in an obvious and powerful way to deliver us from our circumstances. Other times, He sees fit to deliver us in our circumstances by renewing our strength, even when nothing around us seems to be getting better.

Consider Alma and his band of believers who were enslaved in the wilderness with heavy tasks and burdens. These people poured out their hearts to God, pleading for deliverance. God heard their cries, but He did not immediately change their circumstance. Instead, God delivered them by providing greater strength. They still had to endure for a while longer, but their burdens stopped feeling heavy and overwhelming and instead became light and easy to maintain. (Mosiah 23-24)

We all carry burdens, whether they be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. They look different for each of us, but they can all feel like too much to bear at times. So how can we find the strength to “walk and not faint” with such heavy weights on our shoulders?

How did the Jaredites endure 344 days in barges crossing the ocean without losing their minds? (And we all thought quarantine was bad!)

How did Paul and Silas not give up hope when they were beaten and imprisoned for doing the Lord’s work?

When life feels too heavy to bear, God offers to exchange our “spirit of heaviness” for “the garment of praise” (Isaiah 61:3). Don’t underestimate this opportunity.

I used to tell people that once the challenges in my life had passed, I would have the perspective to praise God and be thankful for all of them. The thing is, if I wait for everything to be peachy before I praise God, it may never happen. But God is worthy of my praise today, at this very moment!

Praise God for the atoning sacrifice of Christ that unlocks the gates of heaven! Praise God that He cares about the details of our lives and uses our trials to help us grow! Praise God that He already has a plan to carry us through every trial that has or will come our way!

Both the Jaredites and Paul and Silas had every reason to feel defeated. But they didn't wait for their circumstances to change before they recognized God’s deliverance. The scriptures record that they sang praises to God in the middle of their trials, even with no end in sight! Through their acts of praise, God provided the strength to endure joyfully until the time was right for Him to deliver them physically as well. (Ether 6, Acts 16)

Praising God when you’re in pain or feeling isolated or lost or trapped or frustrated or disappointed is not easy. It’s a choice you may have to make daily, often several times a day. And just like with physical strength, it may start small and grow with time. But whether you choose to praise God or not, whether you choose to “wait on the Lord” or to just “wait,” your burden will still be there until God's perfect purpose is fulfilled. It's up to you to decide if you'll crawl along dragging it behind you or if you’ll learn to “run, and not be weary.”

And who knows, before long you just might find yourself soaring with wings as eagles.

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  • Brother Gary Thompson

    Brother Gary Thompson

    25 August 2020 at 01:38 |
    Thank you Brother. Great article. Its not easy but what a difference it can make. Praying for you.

    #98. SOARING OVER CANAAN (LIKE A BIRD)

    When my enemies have found me,
    Firmly held and tightly bound me,
    And they say I’ll never fly again;
    Deep inside I feel a flutter,
    I hear the words my spirit utter,
    “It’s time to go, it’s time to soar again.”

    CHORUS:
    And we go higher than the highest treetops,
    Far above the clouds,
    Soaring over Canaan’s peaceful shore.
    And ev’rywhere my people meet me,
    With open arms and smiles they greet me,
    And I don’t feel my bondage anymore.

    When the stormy clouds surround me,
    And I fear the flood might drown me,
    Then I think I’ll die if I don’t fly;
    Once again I feel a flurry,
    My spirit cries, “We have to hurry,”
    And off we go up to the waiting sky.

    CHORUS:
    And we go higher than the highest treetops,
    Far above the clouds,
    Soaring over Canaan’s peaceful shore.
    And ev’rywhere there’s celebration,
    And in the air anticipation,
    And I don’t fear the storm clouds anymore.

    When my heavy burdens bend me,
    Till my spirit groans within me,
    Then I know it’s time to fly again;
    When my troubled mind can’t bear it,
    Then I rest my troubled spirit,
    And in my dreams I take my flight again.

    CHORUS:
    And we go higher than the highest treetops,
    Far above the clouds,
    Soaring over Canaan’s peaceful shore.
    And ev’rywhere the bands are playing,
    “You’ll soon be here,” the songs are saying,
    And I don’t feel my burdens anymore.

    Like a songbird’s flight in winter,
    It flees the nest when cold winds enter,
    Those that don’t may never fly again;
    Hear the stirring of the Spirit,
    And when it speaks, be sure you hear it,
    And take your flight when winter comes again.

    CHORUS:
    And you’ll go higher than the highest treetops,
    Far above the clouds,
    Soaring over Canaan’s peaceful shore.
    And ev’rywhere there’s summer breezes,
    Where nothing dies and nothing freezes
    And you won’t feel the cold winds anymore.

    ©1986 Arlene Lea Buffington

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    26 August 2020 at 18:32 |
    8 vessels or barges (Ether 3:1) with at least 24 souls onboard (Ether 6:16). Therefore a minimum of 3 souls per barge. As was the case with Noah's Ark what did they do-use for restroom facilities?

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