Nahum 1:7 (NKJV)
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knows those who trust in him.
Paul wrote: Epaphroditus was indeed so ill that he nearly died. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, so that I would not have one sorrow after another.
Sometimes our witness is most strong and impactful in the midst of difficulty and trouble. A light always shines brighter against a dark night. Certainly this is true of our Lord Jesus, whose faithfulness through suffering and death not only earned him the name above every name, but also shines as a witness to God’s faithfulness. Difficulty is not an indication of God’s absence.
There are times, however, when an answered prayer witnesses very clearly to God’s goodness and faithfulness. We may be greatly comforted by the goodness, compassion and comfort of God in the face of difficulty. But the favor of God’s mercy is writ large when the healing comes. When a spouse is spared from a debilitating disease, a job offer comes at the right time. or a wandering child returns to family and faith, we may be truly grateful for God’s mercy.
Whether the lines have fallen in pleasant places for us, or we are in the throes of challenge and trouble, God is our stronghold, source of help and mercy, and the one to whom we may turn. When we see his answer, we will know that our trust in him is never in vain.