I tend to fall into the trap of thinking I’m the only one who goes through seemingly endless trials, and fall into a bit of a pity party. I get frustrated with God for the unanswered prayers and for allowing constant difficulties in our life. In that state, I have absolutely no peace because I feel I’m forgotten by God or I’ve done something for Him to be upset with me. Whenever I have this perspective, my eyes become firmly fixed on the trials, and I miss out on all that He has blessed me with! I often forget that we are living in a fallen world, where sin reigns…we aren’t in heaven just yet. We live in frail sinful bodies, that are dying a little each day. Every time we sin, we hurt ourselves and others. God didn’t do that, others did or my bad choices did. He will allow us to suffer our own consequences, yet, He promises to be there with His children, helping us through. And through the trials He allows, He equips and empowers us to help others when they go through trials. Sometimes, there is purpose in the pain.
Below are excerpts from my devotional reading yesterday and today along with various scriptures, that sparked these reminders that God is good and He isn’t picking on me nor neglecting me. He is and always will be my present help in time of need. A good good Father!
“MY PEACE is the treasure of treasures: the pearl of great price. It is an exquisitely costly gift, for both the Giver and the receiver. I purchased this Peace for you with My blood. You receive this gift by trusting Me in the midst of life’s storms…Adverse circumstances are normal in a fallen world. Expect them each day. Rejoice in the face of hardship, for I have overcome the world.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” —JOHN 16:33 ESV
~Excerpt from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young / Jan 24
“As you live in close contact with Me, the Light of My Presence filters through you to bless others. Your weakness and woundedness are the openings through which the Light of the knowledge of My Glory shines forth. My strength and power show themselves most effective in your weakness.”
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. —2 CORINTHIANS 4:6–7
But He said to me . . . My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. —2 CORINTHIANS 12:9 AMP
~Excerpt from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young / Jan 23
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5
“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.” 1 Peter 4:12
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
“Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.” 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 “For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.” 2 Corinthians 5:3