My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (James 1:2-4).
I am like everyone else. I have a hard time embracing the trials that come my way but I’ve known the Lord long enough to know that everything happens for a purpose. Most of the time, it seems like the trials in my life come to draw me closer to the Father. Even in ministry, it is easy to become so busy that one doesn’t have a lot of quality time to spend with the One they serve. Because of this, I am learning to embrace down times.
This does not mean I do not get discouraged. Boy, do I ever! But I continue to pray and to praise Him for the good things He has done. I know that He is doing a work in my life, and I find encouragement in that. I would much rather have some inconveniences now than to find myself so far from Him one day and not know what happened.
We serve a faithful God. He is faithful in the good times and the bad times. He gives strength when I need it and, when He doesn’t, I have to trust that it is more important that I be still and rest in Him. Not always easy but vital.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope you are feeling encouraged today. No matter what you are going through, there is a purpose. God desires to draw you to Himself, to make you more like Him, to make you an even greater blessing to others. You simply have to trust and surrender to Him.
All trials are temporary. It will not rain always. Keep looking up, and I trust that you will see sunshine again. Your circumstances may not change but your outlook no doubt will.
Thanks for the article. One of my friends is going through cancer treatment and the idea he is grappling with is – whether God always heals. Personally our Lord has healed me twice, I was wondering what would be your answer to it.
I have seen God heal and perform other miracles many times and, yet, He does not always do that, at least not in the way we would like. I have come to realize that faith is not presumption. I have no doubt that God can heal whomever He chooses to heal but real faith comes in knowing that, whether He heals a person on this earth or provides the ultimate healing, He is still good. He still loves us. He is walking with us, even on the darkest of days. If we are truly His, we have nothing to fear. I pray God gives you strength and wisdom as you walk with your friend through this difficult time.
Thanks for your kind words.