Have you ever thought about how important it is to go through trials and difficulties? This may seem like a strange question to you, but if we lived a life without some difficulty…how would we experience blessings and joy? We would never grow and develop into who we are today…if we hadn’t gone through what we went through to get there. Yes, sometimes difficulties break us down and leave us feeling as if we are in a bottomless pit of hopelessness. But the truth is…we are NEVER at a point of hopelessness, because God gave us the ability to have hope through His Son Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus, we are able to receive help, forgiveness, healing and HOPE. Experiencing times of trial and difficulties are not something we enjoy enduring. We question God and wonder why things are happening to us. We feel abandoned at times…and have difficulty understanding the purpose of our difficulty. These are normal cycles of emotion that we all go through. We are promised that God will never leave us or forsake us. We must hold onto that promise and whisper prayers to God…seeking Him in the middle of the fire. God does not expect you to be able to pray heartfelt prayers while you are in the midst of the difficulty, this is where the Holy Spirit takes over. God only asks us to seek Him. Don’t turn your back on the One who is there for you unconditionally. God will carry you through anything and everything you will ever face. Jesus is ready to help you, guide you, love you unconditionally…because He has walked through the same difficulties we face on this earth today. Our perseverance, endurance and trust that God is with us…will be the deciding factor on how your attitude will be as you walk through the difficulty. Decide to believe that God is with you. Decide to understand that you will make it through the tough stuff. Once we begin to press through the trials…we begin to see the glory of God’s promises revealed. There is always a blessing and a joy waiting for you on the other side. There is growth, wisdom and strength that you obtain in the journeys of life’s trials. Use these journeys to be the example to someone else. Show this world that there is hope…and God’s promises are real.
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. DEUTERONOMY 31:8
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. ROMANS 5:3-5
God is with us.
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