How bad is it really?

This week I have found that many of us are struggling with trials in our lives. I have also come to acknowledge that when we are growing in our faith is when satan attacks the most. Therefore, I am comforted in knowing that what we are doing for the Lord this week is for His glory. And thus, satan has begun an offensive, and is attacking us. However, I am even further comforted through the following passage from Romans:

 

Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the future glory that is to be revealed in us.”

 

Paul tells us that no matter what we are going through, it does not compare to what is in store for us in Heaven. Our future with God is so vastly overwhelming that it is not even worth comparing to what we are going through here on earth. That’s a pretty bold statement.  

 

How bad is it? Now, I’m not sure what your trials are at this time, but I do know mine. I know that earlier this week my troubles seemed large, practically too impossible to overcome. But as I’ve made it through this week, I matured in my faith as I’ve trusted the Lord to carry me through. My troubles have shrunk in size, and as I continue to be blessed by the Lord and see each trial overcome in my life, I begin to realize again how wonderful and loving our God really is. Our troubles don’t compare to our future glory.

Support from Zion

The Lord continues to amaze me as I get feedback from others, not just here in the comments section, but from others at work, and through additional Scripture readings.

This morning I came to Psalm 20:1-2

May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!

 

Now, I didn’t come upon this verse by “searching” for additional Scripture to make me feel good about the trouble I’m going through. No, I simply opened my Bible and that was the passage that was on the page I opened to. Now, some of you may believe in coincidences, fate, destiny, etc…. But what I believe in is God. He purposely knows that while I trust in Him to pull me through, I still struggle at times. This morning, God was going to make sure that since I spent time with Him this morning to study His Word, that He gave me something to kick-start my day. I’ve found that on the mornings that I stop to have my devotion time, God starts my day on a bright note.

I encourage you also to start your day with a Word from God. Open your Bible, Pray, and read His Holy Word. It will help you get through another day on earth and bring you ever closer to Jesus.

Beating the “odds”

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.