You are near, O LORD, and all Your commandments are truth. Psalm 119:151.
During my current trials I am reminded that the LORD truly is our hope in all things. Countless people have told me of the good that results from these trials, and it is true. But not necessarily in the way that we hope from a human perspective. The goodness in trials is Christ. He is our goodness. He is the One that is near. He is the One that gave us His truths.
I hope for a happy ending in my current situation. He may or may not give it. But when I realize that He is the Happy Ending, I find joy and contentment in the current pain and heartache. For now, the pain continues, the longing, the disappointment. Given the ultimate goal of being with HIM, there is joy. He will revive me according to His word. And that, as my dear brothers in seminary were in the habit of saying, will preach!
153 Consider my affliction and deliver me,
For I do not forget Your law.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me;
Revive me according to Your word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
For they do not seek Your statutes.
156 Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord;
Revive me according to Your judgments.
157 Many are my persecutors and my enemies,
Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies.
158 I see the treacherous, and am disgusted,
Because they do not keep Your word.
159 Consider how I love Your precepts;
Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.
160 The entirety of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.