Grace and peace be unto you.
Word of Encouragement…
I recall the moment that I accepted Christ as Savior of my life. I was excited and looked forward to a life of happiness and victory over every trial. Why not? The greatest problem solver and source of happiness lives in me.
My dream life was short lived as I eventually learned that problems and hardships are a part of my journey. This insight was not easy for me to accept, in fact, I spent some time pleading the blood of Jesus against life’s challenges and exercising faith to prevent problems from occurring. Nonetheless, life has a way of teaching us the truth and I finally embraced the idea that trials and temptations are a major part of my purpose. Job, a well-known Old Testament figure states that “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). While the apostle Paul says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
We have the hope that our trials will not destroy us, for God will not give us more than we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). Furthermore, after we have suffered a little while, Christ promised to restore, strengthen, and establish us (1 Peter 5:10).
How do we successfully manage life’s struggles? We can use Psalm 121 as our guide.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
Heavenly Father, I pray that we will accept our trials as a part of our purpose and depend on your strength and wisdom to use them for your glory, in Jesus’s name, Amen.