Our problems come to make us strong…
“I believe that God can and will bring good out of evil, even out of the greatest evil.
For that purpose He needs men who make the best use of everything.
I believe that God will give us all the strength we need to help us to resist in all times of distress.
But He never gives it in advance, lest we should rely on ourselves and not on Him alone.
A faith such as this should allay all our fears for the future.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The next time fear rises, turn your attention to God’s promises.
Turn your spirit to His. Ignite your faith by prayer and reading His Word.
Replace every fearful thought with Scripture because God is bigger than our fears.
Corrie Ten Boone once told the story about how she became worried about what may happen to her and her family in the future, as a result of their being a part of this underground railroad, smuggling Jews out of Holland.
This is what her father told her:
Father sat down on the edge of the narrow bed.
“Corrie,” he began gently, “when you and I go to Amsterdam-when do I give you your ticket?”
I sniffed a few times, considering this.
“Why, just before we get on the train.”
“Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things, too.
Don’t run out ahead of Him,
Corrie. When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need-just in time.
[From Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place]
God will give you what you need when you need it!
God will only allow things to happen in your life that you can handle and that requires you to become the person He has created you to be!
God is always giving us what we need because He knows our story!
He knows what we need in order to become the best and strongest version of ourselves.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
One of the most difficult parts of the Christian life is the fact that becoming a disciple of Christ does not make us immune to life’s trials and tribulations.
Why would a good and loving God allow us to go through such things as the death of a child, disease and injury to ourselves and our loved ones, financial hardships, worry and fear?
Surely, if He loved us, He would take all these things away from us.
After all, doesn’t loving us mean He wants our lives to be easy and comfortable?
Well, no, it doesn’t. The Bible clearly teaches that God loves those who are His children, and He “works all things together for good” for us (Romans 8:28).
So that must mean that the trials and tribulations He allows in our lives are part of the working together of all things for good.
Therefore, for the believer, all trials and tribulations must have a divine purpose.
As in all things, God’s ultimate purpose for us is to grow more and more into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).
This is the goal of the Christian, and everything in life, including the trials and tribulations, is designed to enable us to reach that goal.
It is part of the process of sanctification, being set apart for God’s purposes and fitted to live for His glory.
The way trials accomplish this is explained in 1 Peter 1:6-7:
“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
The true believer’s faith will be made sure by the trials we experience so that we can rest in the knowledge that it is real and will last forever.
Even the Bible says of Jesus that “He learned obedience through the things He suffered (Heb 5:8)
With each trial comes an invitation from God to enter into a new experiential relationship with Him, they come not to defeat you, but to make you stronger!
SELAH (Let us pause and calmly think about these things)
And then come join the Adventure!