There may be what seems like a wall of pressure coming at you right now. Everything seems to be caving in and you’re looking around going, “What did I do?” knowing full well you have been only trying your utmost best to live a life pleasing to God.
If this sounds like you know you are not alone. In 1 Peter 4:12 even though the people he was writing to might have been suffering from other circumstances, we can read the words and be comforted knowing it is applicable to all true believers of Christ everywhere.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you….”
In summary, his encouragement was not to be taken aback by hardships (insert your sort). It is good to be encouraged in times such as these because when we feel weak or worn out is when we are most vulnerable (to spiritual attacks). But we can become strong over time, having gone through trial and after trial–our spiritual armor giving us resilience.
In 1 Thessalonians Paul wrote to the Thessalonian believers after his visit there to encourage them that their faith was loud and clear to the world, because it was reaching his own ears even though they were miles apart.
People were speaking of the strong faith of these Thessalonians, but did they know the fight it took and was taking to keep that faith? Maybe, or maybe not. We do know that it had not come easy, nor had it been a cake walk for Paul to go and minister to them to begin with.
“You yourselves know, dear brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not a failure. You know how badly we had been treated at Philippi just before we came to you and how much we suffered there. Yet our God gave us the courage to declare his Good News to you boldly, in spite of great opposition.“ (1 Thess. 2:1-2 NLT)
As I was reading this morning, I couldn’t help but be encouraged that the trials serve us, to make us stronger and move us along in God’s will. If everything seems as if it’s hitting a wall, crashing down, or broken down–keep looking to Jesus. He has a plan in it all.
He will provide, sustain, and guide you through the trails and trials of life. He knows what is best and nothing happens without Him knowing. You are safe in His hands. None of this in vain, and nothing takes Him by surprise.
Just this week our pastor spoke of the eye of the storm and how in the very middle, it is calmest. Don’t let up on your praise and worship of the King and watch how He will lift you up. When your eyes are on Him and not the storm, you will have peace.
Just say, “I don’t know, but You, oh God…do.”
Don’t let opposition scare you. It only means you’re on the right path and meant for more. Just smile and keep on.
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