Wednesday, September 10,2008 4:50 a.m.
Life is hard; yet, I, like many others, have it easy. None of us today have it as hard as people in the olden days, such as in Bible times. They had to kill the fatted calf just to eat; walk to the field, pick, grind and bake their own bread. We just have to drive to the grocery store and put what we want in our cart. When I read about all the trials Jacob had, I am reminded of how hard life could be. Genesis 31:38-41 tells us of all the hardships Jacob had to endure. He worked 20 years without pay. His wages was cattle which was changed 10 times. He fought frost and drought and wolves. This was 20 years of struggle and strive. Yes, life is hard, but we have it easy. We are all uses to instant gratification with i-phones, and the internet. We really know nothing of hard times. Yet, really, what does it matter? In the end of a life time all that really matters is that we loved and obeyed God and lived godly.
Thought for Today: “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6:34).
Monday, March 19, 2007 4:00 a.m.
When one of Amy Carmichael’s beloved workers came down with Bright’s disease, she called it, “another of those grave trials which give us a chance to prove the things we believe” (A Chance to Die, p. 235). Isn’t that powerful? I never really thought of trials quite that way before. I always saw trials as a testing of our faith, a lesson to help us trust the Lord more, or an avenue of providing a platform to proclaim God’s grace; but, never did I see trials as a chance to prove those things we believe. It reminds me of a poem I wrote many years ago when facing a trial.
When what we know in our heart and mind goes deeper than our pain. Tis then we know the love of God transcends through all the same.
Without trials our faith would be shallow and weak. Trials are God’s way to deepen our walk with Him, to associate believers with Christ, to glorify Christ; and yes, to prove what we believe.
Thought for Today: “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 1:7).
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:00 a.m.
Today is my birthday. I should be happy; however, because of uncertainties and trials in my life I’m depressed and in heaviness of heart. My son, Isaac, called to wish me a Happy Birthday. I told him of my trials and depression and he read to me I Peter 1:6-7. “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 1:6-7). Then he told me that my happiness and my pleasure should not be in the things that I have or do not have. My pleasure should not even be in that today is my birthday. He said that my pleasure should be in my salvation, and that I’m not going to hell, today. Wow! That was good counsel. He brought me back to what’s important. Trials and Temptations shall always come and go, but Christ with His gift of grace and salvation is forever.
Thought for Today: The trials of your faith are to deepen your walk with Christ. “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” (I Peter 1:9).
Friday, March 5, 1999 5:15 a.m.
When we are going through a trial it is sometimes hard to see God’s hand, but then when you look back on the situation we can see that God was truly at work through it all. It is like a child who can’t understand why something hard is being asked of him. Perhaps he is blaming his father for the hard times and fails to see that his father is allowing it for his good. But once the child grows up he can see that all the hard times prepared him for the future and without them he would not have the strength to stand alone. That is why we must trust God in whatever situation we are facing and believe that He is at work in them. All that the Lord allows us to go through is for our good. No, we may not see it now, but the day shall come when we will. It may be years down the road, or it may not be until we get to heaven, but someday we will see that it was all for our good. We must just trust God and believe that He knows best and that He will care for his own. “The Lord knoweth them that are his” (II Timothy 2:19).
Thought for Today: No matter what circumstance you are facing, God is at work in it for your good and His glory.