My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees. (Psalms 119:71 NLT)
Let’s face it, no one wants to have to say those words penned by one of the psalmists. We prefer to not ever have a trial of any kind and keep going (pardon my Christian-ease here) from “glory to glory.”
We need to get real, though. This is Earth – a fallen, crusted over mirror image of what God intended it to be. There is sin and a host of evil forces waging warfare. Thankfully, God is gracious and those aren’t the only ones who are walking on this Earth.
God’s grace more than compensates for our failures. It is stronger than anything this fallen world can throw.
Even in the midst of the toughest trial, or hardest consequences of our sin, there is a loving God who is waiting to take our hand and walk us through.
Suffering happens. Thankfully, we don’t have to lose ourselves in the midst of it. We can allow the catapult of difficulty to hoist us onto the next level in Christ!
Instead of complaining during your storm, “soak in” the time with Christ. What He shows you will make it all worthwhile in the end.
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18 NLT)
Today I pray that our good times & difficult ones would lead us straight to a closer connection with Christ and that we have our hearts on Him enough to find contentment no matter the circumstance.