Last month I re-posted a Woven and Spun post from the archives on coping with adversity. Today I post another from October 11, 2015 which I pray offers hope during this difficult time of COVID-19.
October 11, 2015
We live in a world that often tells us those who follow Christ should not experience times of trouble and hardship. To that I would ask the question, if Jesus said in this world his followers will have trouble, who are we to act as if what he said isn’t true by pretending everything in our life is perfect?
Perhaps the key is to trust God in the hard times instead of acting like we don’t have any troubles and hardships.
When we acknowledge God is our hope and comfort, if we let it, our pain and trouble can draw us closer to him. Our difficulties often show us we aren’t the ones in control. God is.
There are things God brought me through I wish I didn’t go through. Experiences I hope I never go through again. I’m sure many of you could say the same thing.
But you know what? If God didn’t allow us to go through those difficult experiences, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to see his hand at work in those dreadful, horrid places.
I don’t eagerly look forward to more difficult times so I can experience more of God. No, sir. But I am trying to remember when I find myself in the middle of those hard places, Jesus hasn’t left the building. He’s still right here beside me. Now and forever. And he’s right there beside you as well.
Do you think if we never had a worry or care we’d start to feel pretty good about ourselves? Maybe to the point of feeling self-sufficient?
And maybe, just maybe, we’d start to feel like we are okay and don’t need God?
Perhaps God allows us to go through the tough stuff to make sure we don’t start to believe we’re all that and a bag of chips.
What do you think?
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So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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