MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
PERSEVERE UNDER TRIALS
MAIN TEXT: ISAIAH 43:2-When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
1Corinthians 10:13-There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Before any manufacturer exhibits his product for sale, he carries out a test on the product to confirm that it has all the features or qualities he had in mind for creating it. Before God announced Jesus as His son in whom He was well pleased, He allowed Him to go through a tempting time.
As children of God, if Christ our role model went through such trying times, then we are not exempted. There comes a time in every man’s life when he seems left alone to face life and its challenges. Those times when your friends desert you and you are all alone by yourself. Times when God seems a million miles away from you.
Those are times when God is trying us to know what lies in us, to know if He can boldly declare us His faithful children. At such times what do we do? What do we say? And how do we react? At such times God expects us to trust Him that even though He seems very far away, that He is still closer to us than our skin. At such times we are to trust the Holy Spirit who is our comforter to carry us through. At the point of trial, God expects us not to murmur, complain or lose hope but to persevere, to wait patiently on Him, to stand still and see his salvation.
When God tries us, His motive is not to make us suffer but to bring out the very best in us, let’s be rest assured that God will never give us more than we can bear. Knowing that all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord, your troubles, delays, and hard times will surely work out the glory of God in your life.
ENDURE TRIALS LIKE A TRUE SOLDIER OF THE CROSS
Prayer: Heavenly father I revive your sufficient grace to help me stand strong in my times of trials.
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