With all of the craziness of the last several years, I’m always amazed at how well we come through life’s trials. I also find that I’m very proud of people. We can be horrible to one another. However, during the low points, when it seems to matter the most, I see the goodness of mankind. We step up and help. I’d like to think that the world sits up and notices how Christians come through the tough times; how we have the strength and hope and endurance that comes from the Holy Spirit residing in each one of us.
It occurred to me that I wrote almost the exact opposite of this back in October (click here). I believe it illustrates how God uses our trials to bring us together. He uses trials to bring our focus back on Him. When things are going well, how often do go to Him compared to the tough times? I would venture to say, not as often.
It’s my hope that people see we are different. We love, forgive, and serve one another. We fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith (2 Timothy 4:7) throughout life, no matter the obstacles. Life’s trials test our faith, but our faith is unbreakable. When it’s tested, we’re able to show the world just how committed we are to our Savior.
Bible Verse of the Day
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.James 1:2-4 ESV
Please join me this week in praying for the victims of the tornadoes that devastated six states this past weekend and at least three states the other night. Let’s pray for their healing and restoration. Pray also that they will seek comfort in Jesus Christ and that unbelievers will come to know Him through this experience. Let’s also pray that communities and families come together to help and love one another in a way that will be a blessing to the victims. Pray that the missing people are found.