Just a quick glance at today’s newspaper headlines will give you evidence that we have reached a crisis point in history.
John 16:33 Living Bible I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.
Every now and then we may go through difficult times, and when that happens, it’s easy to get disheartened.
But what is it that makes a champion athlete or sportsman?
It's their ability to stay the course. It’s the ones that endure to the end, no matter what mountain there is to face. They rise to the challenge.
Noah, Moses, Abraham, Peter and Paul were all great men who lived ordinary lives and who became extraordinary.
Why? They didn’t live for themselves, but for the purpose and will of their Father because of the trust they placed in God. They understood the cost to follow Him. I wonder do you really understand the cost involved in following Jesus?
God's Word indicates that even during periods of challenge and adversity, God expects His children to respond correctly. And His word equips us to do so.
1 Peter 1:6-7 NKJ In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,
7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
What is a right response? Peter's words teach us to rejoice during difficulty. Of course, he does not mean that we must be glad about the hardship. But we can be joyful because we know that God is taking us through the circumstances and will bring us out on the other side.
Even though being positive during something negative does not seem logical, it actually makes sense for several reasons.
First of all in difficult experiences the Lord can use them to teach us endurance. He did not send the problem but He can turn it around so we can learn from it during the deliverance process.
Second, the heavenly Father has a plan for each believer, and hardship can prepare us to do His will. In the process, we will find that our faith has been strengthened. Paul says in 2 Tim 2:3 As a good soldier of Christ Jesus, accept your share of the troubles we all have.
As we realize God can bring benefit from any adversity, we’ll begin to face challenging times with confidence that He will always bring us through into victory. This leads to joy, because we know He can build our endurance, making us people with unshakeable trust in Him all the time.
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