This week I’ve struggled with trials and tribulations in my own life. Yesterday those troubles seemed to hit a boiling point. Satan was on the offensive and he was starting to get the best of me. My odds were slim to none…that is when I tried to beat him on my own, however, “with God all things are possible” (Mt. 19:26).
When I got home, I mentioned to Kimberly that I sure was glad that church service was tonight (Wednesday). I needed a little motivation to get through. And then it happened….
When I got to youth services, I got the boost I needed. God spoke to me and I ended up not teaching my lesson the way I had planned. God had a different plan, and I realize that His plan is always better than mine. So, I went along with it, not really knowing what to expect.
The Scripture we studied last night was out of James 1:2-12
James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:5-7 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial
So, for those who attended, I pray that you received what you needed to hear. I know that I received what I needed last night. I realize that God’s plan is far better than one that I could ever dream up.
He will carry us through to the other side. And we should “Consider it a joy” when troubles come our way. They will test our faith, but in the end, God will use these times to mature us in our Christian faith. As James 1:4 says: God will make us “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” You can only beat the odds by following God’s plan for your life.