Then God reminds me that this all happens because I let it.
Listen to me. Who are you that fear mortal men? Awake as in days gone by. Do not fear the reproach of men. Clothe yourselves in strength, O arm of the Lord.--from Isaiah 51: 1-16
I am the arm of the Lord.
Not in the sense of administering His punishment or judgement, but in that He provides the strength with which I face my life in this world, whatever that life brings.
I am He who comforts you. The cowering prisoners will soon be set free. The ransomed of the Lord will return.--from Isaiah 51:1-16
Is anything too hard for the Lord?--Genesis 18:14
God is already acting on my behalf and I do not see it.
You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways.-Isaiah 64:5
All nations will be blessed because you obeyed me.--Genesis 22:18
When we want our children to listen to us, we gently turn their face to ours and say to them, "Look in my eyes."
What does God say?
Listen to me.--Isaiah 51: 1
Effectively, He says, "Look in my eyes."
Remember what I have already done.
Remember what I have promised.
As I have done, so will I continue to do.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up. Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert.--Isaiah 43:18-19
Life does seem like a desert sometimes, but God has already redeemed it. Neither man nor circumstance can harm me in any real way if I have believed God. He has already shown me, and bids me remember. I must remember how He strengthens my arm.
This strength is what belief looks like.
Hurt, misfortune, intentional harm.
When I look into His eyes, it all fades.