"He cares for them when times are hard; even in famine, they will have enough" (Psalm 37:19).
I recall that, in the early 1930's during the time of the great depression in America, many people experienced hard times. It was not always easy to fully appreciate the fact I know now to be true: God always cares for His children.
"When times are hard" can refer not only to the material, but also to the physical and the spiritual. And during any of these times - whether in poverty, poor health or spiritual doldrums - our great God always cares for us.
In Bible times, God often proved the truth of the assertion that He cares for His people in periods of famine. And no doubt multitudes of sufferers around the world today would attest to that fact, in spite of their suffering.
When physical suffering is involved, it is not always easy to see the hand of God. But one sure way to increase faith is to exercise the sacrifice of praise - praise to our wonderful God for the positive fact that "all things do work together for our good if we love God and are called according to His purpose."
When spiritual poverty is concerned, we need only retreat to that time and place in our lives where we wandered away from God, whatever degree of wandering that involves, whether large or small. "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled."
Today's Action Point
At all times of difficulty in my life - spiritual, material, physical - I will look for God's hand of blessing in the joyful assurance that He cares for me.