I’m sure you’ve thought it.
Maybe you're going through a rough patch financially, and you don't know how you're going to make ends meet.
Or maybe a close friend is diagnosed with a serious illness.
Or maybe you're watching the news and you see yet another act of violence in our country.
Three words have come to your mind: Where was God?
I used to feel that way too. Until I learned to find the joy during and on the other side of pain.
That overdue light bill still needs to be paid, but I will praise the fact that I have the money to pay it. I will also celebrate that I have heat and lights in my home.
My friend being ill may be hard as well, but I can support him during his illness by letting him know I care and I am available. And if God's answer is that they will not survive their illness? I will celebrate the time God allowed me to have with them.
And those acts of violence we have almost grown numb to hearing about? The countless people gunned down by cops and even the crimes we committ against eachother in our own comminunities? We can use
our voices as for justice!
And why would we think we should live our lives without suffering? Have you thought about how Christ suffered for US? He was beaten and nailed to a cross! But you remember what happened three days later, right? He rose again! And you will, too. This is just a passing moment.
Whenever you are experiencing a rough patch in your life, use the excess energy you’d usually be spending on complaining and worrying and instead use it to pray. Come to God with your requests. He is always there, ready to listen! Turn your pity party into a prayer and praise session, and watch how your circumstances and the way you view them begin to change.
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12-13 MSG
Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.
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