After writing and stamping the date 8/28 all day long at work and wondering why it sounded familiar, God gently reminded me of Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose.”
Everyone gets the joy of going through trials, and here in America, as difficult as those trials may seem, we are incredibly blessed. I have the freedom to write a blog without worrying if I may die because of my beliefs…other Christians around the world are not always so fortunate. In church on Sunday we studied Acts 12, where King Herod of Agrippa LIVES to persecute Christians, kills James without a second thought, and plans to kill Peter but God’s angel shows up and walks him out of the prison so he can continue to do the Lord’s work!
It certainly made me think, Peter was literally rescued from the shadow of death and he used that freedom to continue to spread the gospel… Here I already have freedom but so often I take it for granted and run the other direction for fear of rejection.
Each trial has brought God glory, while I may not have understood why at the time, God has worked it together for good, not always my good or what I prayed for but for His purpose and His glory, which is definitely worth it. We sometimes ask why we go through trials, “Did I sin?” is probably the most common question we ask (or our friends ask, as in the book of Job) but sometimes God is building our character, our trust, our boldness so we can be more effective in sharing the Gospel of Christ. Maybe it is to strengthen our faith, to empower us to say, “Blessed be the Name of the Lord” no matter what, so that our testimonies to those who don’t know Jesus as their Savior won’t see us living for Jesus only when everything is peachy, but they will see us clinging to our Savior when we can’t understand why we are going through this trial…
For me, I always wonder why I am so quick to lose my faith when the next trial arrives, I remember what God has done, I know what His Word says, “The faith of a mustard seed can move mountains” but I still doubt Him anyway.
No matter what you are going through, may you be encouraged that God hears your prayers, I heard a saying that goes like this, “Make prayer your first reaction, not your last resort”