No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3
There’s a school of thought that suggests we would complain less if we knew that our trials are by ‘Divine Design’ . We who are His know that all things work together for good ( Romans 8:28) and that all our days were ordained by Him (Psalm 139:16 ). It therefore stands to reason that as painful as some of our life experiences may be, He has never been caught off guard. He is Lord over everything seen and unseen, things above the earth, things on the earth and things beneath the earth. He is well aware of everything and the times and seasons are in His hands. He does not plan evil for us (Jeremiah 29:11) but in His infinite wisdom, He allows us to pass through bitter waters. Sometimes the hardships come because we have walked in disobedience. At other times, we suffer at the hand of the wicked simply because they are wicked. We may be faithful in our walk yet we may find ourselves living the Job experience so His glory may be seen.
The journey can be hard at times but I was taught to praise in the midst of the trials. Not only does this glorify Him but it helps keep our minds off the present problem. As we trust Him, we learn to smile in sorrow, rejoice in rejection and praise Him in the pain. When we look back on the path that has brought us to Him, we can clearly see that it was His grace that sustained us. We may be clueless as to what tomorrow brings, but we have the assurance that He is already there. The tunnel may seem dark and long but if we focus in the right direction, we will see that the Light is right there with us and that He is more than able to guide us through the rough patches.
Some of us may find ourselves in a place where worship does not come easily. Our eyes may have been blurred by the constant buffeting of the waves. May I encourage you today? If you can’t find the words to tell Him your heart, pray His words back to Him!
You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light – Psalm 18: 27-28; Vindicate me, LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD and have not faltered. Test me LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness – Psalm 26:1-3; I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD – Psalm 27:13-14.
The deliverance may not come at the time we hope but He will honour His words.
If today you are walking in the victory He promised, share this testimony with someone else. Your words may help them to overcome a hurdle or two. Your testimony could be the first stepping stone to another’s triumph. Your victory may encourage them to hold on till their deliverance comes. Remind them to wait on the Lord and leave all the cares at His feet. Our ‘hearts and flesh may fail’ but His word is everlasting.
Wherever you are in the journey, I pray His peace would be yours today. His design is perfect and none of our experiences are wasted.
Father, thank You for the different stages of development that You take me through.
Sometimes You call me to walk through dark places. They are dark, but I am thankful that I am not walking alone. You are with me, Your angels surround me and You have raised up strong support in the brothers and sisters I have in You.
I love the mountaintop experiences. I would like to camp there, but I know that’s where You feed me for the next leg of the journey. While I am in this ‘elevated’ state, I can see those around me who are bowing under the pressure. Help me to stand alongside them and share the testimony of how You brought me through the dark times, to the glory of Your name.
I choose to believe that You are God in the high places and in the low places. I choose to trust Your direction regardless of where I find myself. I yield my life to Your ‘Divine Design’ for Your name’s sake. My circumstances do not change the fact that You are God and You are in charge of everything I am and everything I dare dream to be.
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