“Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26
“The deepest fellowship with Him lies in not resisting when suffering comes our way, but in going through it resolutely with him.” Corrie ten Boom
- It’s time to meet with your Savior. He loves you (Ephesians 3:18-19). He is with you (Matthew 28:20). He will never leave you (Isaiah 41:10). Jesus will carry you (Isaiah 40:11).
- Read Psalm 73:25-26 and write it in your journal. Pray and ask the Lord to speak to your heart and for Him to teach you deeply today about the love of God.
In This World, You Will Have Trouble
Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33). We can expect to have trouble in this world. This is not our home; this is the broken place where bad things happen to good people.
Sometimes the suffering feels neverending. It may seem like you’re dealing with it all alone, and there may not be an end in sight. It is in these times when we turn to God’s strength – no longer able to rely on our own – that we begin to see a glimpse of His perfect strength.
My dear sister, if you are in this place of deep sorrow right now, please know that you are loved deeply by God. Please do whatever you can to stay in God’s Word so you can think true thoughts, and resist the temptation to feel forgotten by God. It is my prayer that you will know the tender, faithful, steadfast love of God Almighty- the Lover of your soul.
Today, my friend Julie Maegdlin is sharing her wisdom she received from God while having and being treated for breast cancer. My sweet friend endured deep difficulty with grace, and now ministers to women who are going through treatment for breast cancer at her local hospital. Julie truly is living out 2 Corinthians 1:4 in which God says: “comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
“No one wants a hard time to come upon them. We like to pray for health and prosperity and good, easy relationships. I do believe the Lord wants to bless us in all of those areas, but I also believe that the Lord allows suffering in our life to bless us as well.
King David said it well in Psalm 119:71: “It was good for me to be afflicted that I might learn your decrees.”
Yes, affliction hurts. Yes, the pain can be downright awful. But the Lord uses that pain to teach us more about Himself and His goodness than we would have known otherwise. How would we know that God is our Jehovah Rapha if we haven’t needed healing? How would we know that He is our Jehovah Jireh if we haven’t needed any provisions? Yes, it can be good to be afflicted and needy.
How we respond to suffering is a message the church desperately needs to hear. It isn’t enough to put on a happy smile and “fake it until you make it.”
That may get you through a rough morning with the kids, but it won’t come near to helping when real tragedy strikes. I look at many of the great men of the Bible and they all suffered greatly. Many of them suffered to the point in which they just wanted to die right there. The suffering of Jesus is beyond our comprehension. What they did to get through their trials is universal – they worshiped. They came before God Almighty and worshiped Him. They fell on their faces and begged and pleaded for help and deliverance. They cried out to Him with wailing and sobs. They tore their clothes, covered themselves in ashes, hid in caves, and worshiped. They acknowledged God as their Father, and through blood and tears simply asked for His presence to be with them. The request of being in the house of the Lord is all about Him being enough.
When you go through a really rough time in your life and everything is stripped away, you realize that God is all you have, God is all you need, and that is a very real reason to worship.”
Questions to Ponder
- If you are in a trial right now, pray and ask God for verses on which to focus during this time so you can keep the truth of God’s Word in front of you. Write these verses in your journal. Keep remembering the truth. You are loved deeply by God; He sees you and is with you. The truth is you are not alone!
- Make sure you pray with someone regularly. This little habit will change your life. I have been through many difficulties, and my praying friends were always there for me and prayed for me. If you need a prayer partner, pray and ask God to bring you one. If you do not know anyone to pray with, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- James 1:2-4 tells us that trials lead us to God’s plan for us: to be mature and complete, not lacking anything. How has God refined you through trials? How can you use these lessons in your everyday life?
- God is not only faithful in the major trials of our lives, but He also wants to guide us through our day-to-day concerns. What are the struggles that you need to give to God (children squabbling, a bad attitude about laundry, bitterness toward someone, etc)?
- When Julie had cancer, she put James 5:14 into practice: “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call on the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” If you are sick in your body, in addition to seeking medical care, go in humility to the church elders, and ask for prayer to be healed.
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Since we are on the subject of Trials, what are 3-5 things that keep you up at night? Meaning, what do you worry about the most? I am thinking that most of us struggle with the same types of things.[/box]