January 26, 2013
God never said everything would be perfect but He does promise He will go through everything with us. He allows us to go through trials to strengthen and deepen our faith and our relationship with Him. It is not always what we want to happen but He has a purpose. All along the journey if we keep our eyes focused on Him who is in control we begin to trust that “He’s got this!” And He sees the bigger picture. Make no mistake. He has a plan. We can’t see it but our wise and Holy God does. And in the end, when the trial is over or perhaps along the journey, God comes along and does something that is just so miraculous that it can overwhelm us. The sense we get that God is THAT loving and really cares, just makes us want to drop on our knees and cry thanking Him for caring so much. His unmerited grace is freely given to bless our socks off! When we ask God for something and it aligns with His will, He is happy to grant them. He loves us that much. Oh, that I would love others (and show it) as much as God does.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12
Stay faithful under pressure!
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