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Trials Why me? Part II
Deepika Emmanuel Sagar
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What made Job stand righteous in the eyes of the Lord that he was blessed at the end? It was his faith. Just as we have faith in our family for their unconditional support, Job had faith in his Father. Hence, at the times of trials it is for us to stand firm in faith. Faith comes from what is heard and what is heard comes through the message about Christ (Rom 10:17). It was by faith that Noah’s family was saved, that Abraham obeyed and went out of his dwelling place, that Isaac was born, that Moses left Egypt, that David conquered kingdoms (Heb 11). When you place your faith solely and wholly on God then He takes care of even the smallest thing that bothers you. Thus says the Word, ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Ps 34:8). When we read His word we get to know the precious promises that He has made for us and by the stories of faith we are able to strengthen our faith even more. At the same time it is required for us to know what is right to do and keep ourselves from sinning, as sin takes us away from God’s blessings. This makes reading of the Word even more essential because with the knowledge of the law comes the knowledge of sin (Rom 3:20).
Like every father, our heavenly Father also disciplines us when we astray. Through deliberate or ignorant acts we do sin and when we move too far, God takes action to keep us in control. He puts us into trials, things which we never even thought about, and then brings us back on track. Trust Him as He will never put you in a situation which is beyond your endurance, as He knows every limitation of yours. ‘The Lord disciplines the one He loves and punishes every son who receives Him’ (Heb 12:5-6). So when in times of difficulties realize the fact that you are the precious one, chosen by God himself, to be disciplined and molded to be brought closer to Him. How peace giving the mere thought is! Out of all the people around, God chose you to teach something that would change your life forever and bring you even closer to Him.
When you are into trials do not crib. Endure it as discipline (Heb 12:7). As it is written, ‘No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.’ (Heb 12:11). It is the testing of our faith which produces endurance and we become mature as believers (Jm 1:2-4). Trust in the Lord at all times for He knows all our weakness. Lord has plans for you, plans for your welfare and not for your disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jer 29:11). Be persistent in prayers (1Th 5:17) giving Him thanks in everything, for it’s His will for you (1Th 5:18). God never lets anybody down who trusts in Him and places everything into His hands.
Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you (Jm 4:10). Submit to God and resist the Devil (Jm 4:7) for His ways and thoughts are higher than our ways and thoughts (Is 55: 9). Trust in Him as you are His personal belonging. Seek His wisdom for thus says the Lord -“Whoever listens to me will live securely and be free from the fear of danger.” (Pr 1:33). Amen.
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