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Every problem and troubling situation believers face in this life is allowed by God for a specific purpose. He is working out something far greater than what appears to be happening as he guides the process of transforming you into the image of Christ. Your faith is being sharpened as a sword to equip you for the battles of this world. The path of victory has already been set and there is nothing that can destroy a believer who has put his faith in the cross of Jesus. We are commanded to be anxious for nothing and no one. But, is that still possible when the darkness of the storm surrounds us?
The truth is that the strength to endure every painful trial is with you in Christ. If your eyes were opened to view the spiritual battle that is raging, you would see the grand army of the living God totally surrounding and protecting you with powerful weapons far greater than those against you. Though you will still endure the attacks of the enemy, your hope of victory is secure because of the cross of Christ. You may be feeling weary and completely overwhelmed but the bible tells us that God is close to the broken-hearted and he is near to us in our pain. He does not abandon you when your situation is bleak. As you lift up your fears to him in thankfulness and prayer, you allow his power to be unleashed in your life as he takes your struggle and makes it work into his perfect plan for you. God knows your weaknesses and has seen your failures yet his power is more than enough to take you safely through. You may be wounded but you will never be destroyed!
The Apostle Paul knew that each step of his journey was put in place by his Savior. He learned how to wait on God for all that he needed. He was able to be content even in suffering and persecution because he trusted in Christ. He never thought that God forgot about him when he was without food or money. He was willing to endure whatever it took for his purpose in Christ to be fulfilled. The thorn in his side was not to take him down but to remind him that it was all for God’s glory. Paul expressed his trust in 2 Timothy 1:12 when he said, ” For I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that he is more than able to care for that which I give to him for this day“. That is faith in action!
God is not late to help us even when all hope appears to be dwindling down. Even the timing of Christ’ suffering and death on the cross was planned long before the world was formed. It happened at the perfect, precise moment that God chose it to be. There was no detail left undone as Jesus completed the work of redemption for a lost world. Sin and death was overcome by the cross as Jesus uttered this powerful promise saying, “It is finished!”
Take heart, dear beloved, and know without a doubt that your situation is not dead. It is being worked out in the timing of God who already knows the outcome. There is an eternal purpose for your suffering. You are not waiting for God to show up for he already has. You are holding on for the perfection of the plan he is now working out in your life.
The struggles and trials you suffer are always an opportunity for God to reveal his power to you. Each time a painful situation brings you to your knees, use that position to give glory to God! It frustrates the devil when you do. Never let the enemy convince you to surrender in the heat of battle for you are nowhere near being defeated. You have been made more than a conqueror through Christ and he is not about to let you fail.
Dear Lord, I pray that you make your promise and your hope real to those who are struggling in a painful circumstance. Help them to know that you are with them no matter how weary they become. Strengthen them in your will and give them your peace to hold onto the truth. Amen
The Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Yet each day brings with it problems and trials that sometime make it difficult to trust in the sovereignty of God. Our hope can wane in crisis situations despite the fact that we are told in James 1:12, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown that God has promised to those who love him”. God will reward those who can still trust him in the darkest storm. We were bought at a price by the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross and his unfailing love is strong enough to bring us to victory in every area of our lives if we only believe.
The strength that we need is always near when Christ lives in us. It is by his power that we fight the battles of this world and to even face death without fear. This is a promise of Jesus but there are trials which may make it difficult to believe. But through the faith of a member of my church, Don King, many were able to witness how God is able to keep in peace those who put their trust in him.
Don King is a wonderful family man and father of four. He volunteers to teach the Royal Ranger boys group at the church and he drives the church bus to pick up children who have no other way to get to church. He is always willing to help as he considers it a joy to reach others with the love of Jesus Christ. He is a true example of faith in action.
That is why our congregation was stunned some months ago when we heard that Don had been diagnosed with terminal, inoperable cancer of the brain. It was a shock not only to us but his wife Kathy and their children were brought to their knees at the thought of losing Don. The doctors told Don and his family that nothing really could be done for him. That diagnosis was backed up by other experts and he was given approximately six months to live. He was in the darkest storm of his life.
Although Don was shaken by the diagnosis, he chose to walk in unwavering trust in Christ. He continued his work with the Royal Rangers and attended church every Sunday, always praying for others. He kept his smile and to look at him, you would never know what he was going through. He professed an unrelenting faith believing that the peace of God would sustain him no matter what the outcome. He knew that death could not destroy him but only release him to be with his Savior. As our church prayed night and day for him, the peace that Don had began to fill us all.
Although we may never understand the ways of God, one thing is perfectly clear. He has a plan for our lives and nothing in this world can stop him from fulfilling all that he has promised. A couple of months ago, Don went to have a scan to check on the status of the cancer. After reviewing the films several times, the doctor was baffled. Not only was the cancer gone, but the doctor had a hard time finding where it had been! This incurable, inoperable cancer was now gone from Don’s body and we knew that the power of God had just been manifested before our very eyes.
For reasons that we do not understand, not everyone is healed on this earth. However, we still have the peace that surpasses understanding knowing that God has promised believers that we can never be destroyed and that his love will bring us through every storm. If you can keep your eyes on Christ and trust that he will not fail you, you also will be filled with the calm assurance that he will provide all that you need to get through the battle you are in. Remember that Christ who lives in you will always be greater than anything that comes against you.