Posted on: April 12, 2022 Posted by: vufc2 Comments: 0

By Kelly Wright

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

August 5, 2021 was the most heart wrenching day of my life. It was the day my husband was in a very serious accident that left him critically wounded. He suffered two broken places in his neck, a broken clavicle, eleven broken ribs, and both lungs collapsed. He had a torn artery and a blood clot in his aorta. He needed the help of a ventilator and many other various medical interventions to keep him alive.

As I entered his hospital room the evening of the accident, I was overwhelmed to see my 6’4 strong and mighty sweetheart in such a fragile, vulnerable state.

As difficult as it was to sit by his bedside, hoping and praying that he would recover without other complications, it was no match for what he went through. Waking up after a week of being sedated, he was discombobulated at best. He would later tell me that while he was asleep, he was living his normal, everyday life. But when he would come out of sedation and into reality, he believed it was he was a nightmare.

The accident left our world upside down. Life as we knew it had changed and it took weeks to begin to right our world again.

It was a time that the only thing that sustained us was God. God’s strength and support carried us through every moment of every day.

Have you ever heard the saying, “When God is all you have you realize that God is all you need.”?

God was all we had and I recognized early on that I needed God to sustain me every moment. I was physically and emotionally exhausted.

One morning as I made my way to the hospital, the song Promises by Maverick City Music began to play. Here are a few of the incredible lyrics of that song:

Faithful through the ages

God of Abraham
You’re the God of covenant
And of faithful promises
Time and time again
You have proven
You’ll do just what You said

Though the storms may come and the winds may blow
I’ll remain steadfast
And let my heart learn, when You speak a word
It will come to pass

I put my faith in Jesus
My anchor to the ground
My hope and firm foundation
He’ll never let me down

Great is Your faithfulness to me
From the rising sun to the setting same
I will praise Your name
Great is Your faithfulness to me

God used the words of that song to sustain me every day and it became my morning declaration. 

“Sustain us along the way, Lord.”

Jesus knew that His time on earth was drawing to a close. He shared with His disciples that He would soon die and rise again. Jesus was moving from His active ministry of healing and restoring people physically, emotionally, and spiritually to paying the debt for all humankind’s sin.

As Jesus prepared to give Himself up for us all, He too, needed to be sustained by His heavenly Father.

As we see Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, crying out to God, we see both vulnerability and submission to God’s will. We hear His heart reflected in Psalm 31:

“Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.”

Jesus cried out in His distress and God sustained Him.

As the soldiers led Jesus away and brutally nailed Him to the cross, God gave Him all that He would need to endure the physical, emotional, and spiritual agony that came with this ultimate sacrifice. 

“Sustain us along the way, Lord.”

God also sustained one of the thieves who was being crucified next to Jesus. We see in Luke 23 this encounter –

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him (Jesus). But the other criminal rebuked him (the criminal). “Don’t you fear God since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” The he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Where are you needing God’s strength and support to sustain you?

Jesus stated that in the world we will face troubles and trials of many kinds. What are the troubles and trials you are facing? Sometimes our troubles are so big, they turn our world upside down. Sometimes they seem too small to name so we discount them. Jesus invites us to live in His sustaining power and love because He has overcome. He gives strength and support to see us through our trials and troubles.

“Sustain us along the way, Lord.”

God sustains us through our struggles, for our sake and for the sake of others. We are comforted by God so we can in turn comfort others. We are both the giver and receiver of God’s sustaining power and love.

Isaiah 50:4 says, “The sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. The sovereign Lord has opened my ears.

May the Lord sustain you in the places you are feeling discouraged, weak, and overwhelmed. The God who sustained Jesus is the God who sustains us each moment of every day and will continue until He leads us home to Heaven.

“Sustain us along the way, Lord.”

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