How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
Who unto the Savior, who unto the Savior,
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?
In ev'ry condition-- in sickness, in health,
In poverty's vale or abounding in wealth,
At home or abroad, on the land or the sea--
As thy days may demand, as thy days may demand,
As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.
Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid,
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by the righteous, upheld by thy righteous,
Upheld by thy righteous, omnipotent hand.
When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o'er flow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee, and sanctify to thee,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, thy dross to consume,
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
E'en down to old age, all my people shall prove
My sov'reign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And then, when gray hair shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs shall they still, like lambs shall they still,
Like lambs shall they still in my bosom be borne.
The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell shall endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, I'll never, no never,
I'll never, no never, no never forsake!
I love this song because it reassures me that despite our current circumstances, whatever they may be, the Lord is always with us. We are given the option to either withdraw or draw near to our Savior. I don't think the majority of us withdraw out of spite, but out of frustration due to our lack of understanding. We wish we knew why we are experiencing the things we are going through. We wish we knew the end result. We feel like we are being led with a blind fold on. It is up to us to trust in God to lead us to our final destination. Sometimes we resent the fact that we are left in the dark and we are relying solely on someone we cannot see. It is during these times when Satan will try to attack. He will put the questions into our minds of....
"Is God really there?"
"Does God care about me?"
"Why would God let this happen?"
"Does God really hear my prayers?"
"Why do I feel like God has abandoned me and my family?"
"Is there any point?"
"Will this ever get better?"
"What did I do wrong to deserve this?"
"Does God even know me?"
"Is there really a God?"
"Is there any point in praying?"
I think it is normal for us to have these thoughts on occasion, especially during our trials. We feel a separation from God. The light of the future is no longer bright. It has become dark. The blindfold has been placed on us. We remember what we saw before. We remember what it looked like when it was bright. However, the longer we go in the dark, the harder it is to remember that light. We start to wonder if it was ever real. We get used to the dark and it is hard to comprehend the time when we could see light so clearly. God gave us a glimpse and now He is requiring us to rely on our faith.
Is the faith we had in the light strong enough to get us through the time in the dark?
When we go through trials sometimes we start to wonder if the Lord has forgotten us altogether. We feel like we have been praying and doing all within our power, and yet we haven't seen results. We feel abandoned. We wonder why God is not responding to our plea right away. I love this conference talk by Linda S. Reeves. She is the second counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency for our church. She gave a talk in October called "The Lord Has Not Forgotten You." I listened to it and loved it. I feel like this applies to many people throughout the world. Especially those who may be experiencing hard times in the dark right now.
As I listened to the talk I kept thinking "Madelaine you are not alone right now. You are Heavenly Father's daughter. You are important and He loves you. You are never alone!"
There is a talk given by Elder Quentin L. Cook, titled "Hope Ya Know, We Had A Hard Time"
It is a great talk and I would recommend reading all of it. Some things that stuck out to me are: