Last night, as I was visiting with my husband, Keith; I began to open up my heart before him and God. It seems like lately, I have been going through some very overwhelming and difficult days of pain and tiredness…along with many struggles in the ministry. Moments such as these can allow a lot of questions to enter our minds…questions that can make us wonder where God is…and have I done something wrong in my life to deserve this.
As I continued to pour every part of my heart out before God and Keith…God began to respond, by reminding me of others in the Bible like Joseph, Jeremiah and Job…that truly suffered for the cause of Christ…which helped me to see my own difficult times, in a much different and clearer way.
You know…I don't know why we feel that everything is going to be completely perfect as a Christian; because it just can't always be that way…and why….because Satan is out to destroy our relationship with God and claim our souls as his very own…which he seems to be doing even more, as we are in the final hours of life here on earth.
This morning, as I've been looking through some Bible verses; God began to take me to some verses in I Peter 4:12-13, 16, and we read… "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13) But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 16.) However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name."
You know…I think that there can be times, when we feel that just because we are Christians; that we should always be living life as though we are experiencing heaven here on earth. We must remember that Jesus never promised that we would be free from the difficult times…for just as He faced His own difficult times of temptation and suffering, as a means of remaining committed to the cross and what His Father's will was for His life…we too, will also follow that same path, as a means of remaining committed to Him; but the hope we can cling to is found in Matthew 24:13, which says… "But the one who endures to the end will be saved."
Yes…the journey can be long and difficult…and there can even be times when we feel as though we are lost in darkness, with no real direction to turn to; but when we can trust God during these difficult times; then we will find it easier to wait on Him, for every step we take through life.
As we close…the encouragement that I would like to share with us all; is to not question God's ways…for He is God and He already knows what's best for us. If we could only let go of the questions that are weighing us down…to seek the answers that can lead us to what He truly longs to do within our lives; then I believe that we will find a reason to rejoice, rather than feeling as though some strange thing has come to overtake our lives.
Have a very blessed day…and ALWAYS know that the difficult times aren't meant to take you down; but to lift you up…closer to God…and further away from the clutches of Satan…Amen!!
It's Always & Only Because of Him…
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