"I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast towards you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you, you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Welcome to Watch Them Fall: Day 1! Today we have an encouraging message from a good friend of mine. What she says is so true, in that we need to trust Him through it all, and I think she really hit on some strong points! I'm praying for you all as you read this, and I hope our faithful God will speak to you through her words. And don't be afraid to comment and let us know what you thought or how God used this to teach you something. Love you all, but remember that God loves you more.
I grew up in a Christian family with really strong foundations. Not only were my parents pastors of the church, they were our teachers. The persons that guided us through our daily life with the word of God. They have been very optimistic and encouraging my whole entire life but… sometimes it’s hard for us to be like that.
A couple of years ago, my family was going through a tough period of time and I, personally, was having a hard time trusting God. This situation made me question if God was really there. I started asking God, why does this have to happen to us? Why don’t you do anything about it? But then a few minutes later I started to feel this guilt. Because the Christian society tends to have this judgement saying, “you shouldn’t question God”. But I was just really confused about what was going on, but more importantly why God had allowed it.
One day, while still being in that situation, my Dad was talking to me and reminded me what James 1:2-4 says, which is “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. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” That even though this was a tough time I should see this as an opportunity to grow in my faith. God is with you at all times, and even if you don’t think he’s there, he is! He sometimes just works in silence and it’s waiting for the right moment to answer your questions. God’s timing is perfect and there’s no need to question it!
After that I started to reflect on that verse and said, “I should see this as an opportunity to grow as a person and a believer of the God of control. He has everything under his control and will not give you anything you can’t handle." Through this experience, I learned that it’s not about what you’re going through but what you’re making out of it, what you’re using from it to grow in your faith.
Trust God and his perfect plan! He really is there holding your hand through difficult times. That we should persevere through this time and think about how we could grow more and gain wisdom to become spiritually mature. Even if the situation you’re going through seems impossible to get out of, or it just really makes you question God’s presence in your life, use it to strengthen your relationship with Him. Worship him through the rough times. Think about how God is going to turn these tribulations into joy, into a great testimony of your life to share with others who might be going through the same thing. That no matter the situation praise him through it and rejoice in him while you think that this will be an opportunity for you to grow.
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"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart;
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