The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me, your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (Psalms 138:8).
Does this verse bring you Peace, when you read it? It should make, our weary and troubled souls, find rest shouldn’t it? It can seem difficult, to do so however, when you find yourself, in one of the longest seasons of waiting, for the trial, you’re in, to end. If you are like me, doubt can creep its way, into your mind, and have you questioning things, such as, “Do you really know what you’re doing Lord?” and “Hasn’t my circumstances lasted long enough Lord?”
Satan loves to have our minds, so bogged with lies, we can’t find our way around them. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy, I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10).Satan has a plan for your life: to steal, kill, and destroy. God calls us to “be alert and of sober mind,” watching out for the schemes of the devil who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8).
I wanted to list these verses, to warn you, troubles will come, heartache will come, and suffering will come, be prepared, be in the Word of God, and use it like daggers at the enemy, when you find yourself in difficulty.
I have to be honest to myself, as well as you. When I see someone, who has lived their whole life, serving God, to the fullness of their ability, suffer so much, I have to wonder, WHY IS GOD ALLOWING IT! My human heart, simply can’t comprehend, why it has to be that way.
Working in the Oncology field, has opened my eyes, to this even more so. A person will come in, after being diagnosed, and they look fairly healthy, in the beginning, but once treatment starts, I can not stress enough, how it wreaks havoc, on their bodies. It can be devastating, to watch them, waste away, to skin and bones.
I have found myself, in my lab bay, fighting tears at times. I will practically BEG God, if they are not gonna get better, to PLEASE end their suffering. If they are ready, to be called to Heaven, to hurry up, and get on with it already. Help them to receive, a new glorified body, and be rid of the pain. The sad part is y’all, that’s not my call to make. God knows what he is doing, and he sure doesn’t need any help, from me.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9).
We can NOT see the whole picture
I can admit, that in my “hard times” is when I learn most. It is in these moments, of my life, that I draw closer to God, than ever before. I seek his face, wisdom, comfort, prayer, peace, and understanding, all the more. It is the only way, in those forever seasons, to make it through. We can’t find the strength, we need, on our own merit. We must look, to our Lord and Savior, to pull us through.
We should be doing these things, all along anyway. You see, when life is going all hunky dory, we tend to think, I am good to go. I am in a good place right now. I can conquer anything, that comes against me. Don’t get to cocky, cause you can find out in a hurry, YOU WILL NEED GOD, more than you thought.
Sometimes, God has to really, get our attention, to open our eyes, that we can’t do this life, without HIM. There is a reason, for everything we go through and face. God is wanting to teach us something, if only, we will get off, our high horse, long enough to listen.
I am sorry if that offends you, but you know as well as I do, that it is plain TRUTH. It is called Pride. ALL of us have it, the thing is, you have to admit it, and repent of it, and ask God, to keep it from your heart.
I want to go back, to my Oncology patients. Do they deserve what they face? NO! Have they done something wrong, and this is their punishment? Again NO! But I truly believe, God is using their situation, to change the lives, of those around them. It has definitely changed me.
Let me explain
When you see someone, who is clearly suffering, but can still say, God is with ME. God Loves Me. God is working miracles, through ME, to reach others, who need to see, God’s power, working in my life. God can use ME and MY struggles, to show YOU his Love. When I see how much these patients go through, on a daily basis, and can still say, ALL these things, with a big smile on their face, that my Friends is a testimony, of God’s Grace.
I feel ashamed to say anything, about the struggles, with my health, I deal with. See beloved, we may never know, who we come in contact with, that we may be inspiring, while going through, a season of hardship. You may never know, or understand why, you are going through, what you are, this side of Eternity, but rest assured, God does.
There are many stories, in the Bible, of people who suffered, but still had Peace, in God’s Sovereign plan. I found this article, written by Author David Peach. It explains the sufferings of many, but also shows God’s power, in and through them, that will also give hope to you and I. There can be Peace, found in our trials and suffering, though at the time, it doesn’t feel that way.
Courtesy of Author David Peach
At the end of his life Joseph said to his brothers who had horribly mistreated him, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” (Genesis 50:20). Joseph was sold into Egyptian slavery by his brothers. Though he had earned his master’s trust and was allowed to work freely in the house, the lies of a woman thrust Joseph into prison. God granted Joseph an understanding of dreams while he was unjustly serving his time. Joseph interpreted a dream one day which could have been his way out of jail; but, the man who should have spoken for Joseph’s freedom forgot about him for two years. When Joseph was released from prison it was to take an elevated position in the government. Joseph knew the region would go through a devastating drought. He made preparations to help save the people. In doing so he was able to rescue his brothers who had treated him so badly. Joseph trusted in the promises of God. He knew that God had a plan for his life. Joseph endured the difficulties because of his faith in God’s Word.
Certainly there were highlights in the life of Moses. He spent time in the presence of God and was the instrument God used to lead the children of Israel from Egypt. But there were trials along the way. At one point in Moses’ life he prayed that if God really loved him then God would kill him as a show of compassion (Numbers 11:15). Moses had enough of the whining and complaining of the people that God asked him to lead. The Israelites complained so much that Moses thought it would be a show of mercy by God if God would just kill him instead of making him live with the complaints.
In the much loved, Story of Ruth, we meet her mother-in-law Naomi. This is a lady, who followed her husband, to a foreign land, and lost everything she held dear, during their time away from home. There is much debate, on whether the family should have moved away, from the land of God. Whatever your thoughts might be, we would not have the beautiful story of Ruth, without the tragic loss, that Naomi endured. After the death, of her husband and sons, Naomi returned to Israel. She took Ruth with her. When they arrived in Bethlehem-judah, Naomi was pretty discouraged. Though her name meant pleasant, she asked her friends, to call her Mara, which meant bitter (Ruth 1: 20-21). Yet, nowhere else, is she ever referred to, by that name. God restored her hope, and pleasantness. In the end, she and Ruth, had a wonderful relationship, because of God’s goodness. Naomi experienced trials, but emerged victorious, through the hand of God.
Job writes in the opening chapter of his story, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither, the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21). Job lost his houses, his riches, his cattle, and even his own children, yet he still chose, to praise God for His goodness. Job recognized, that everything he had in life, came from the hand, of the Lord. If God chose, to take that away from him, then who was Job to complain? Beyond the physical loss, that Job endured, he had to deal with accusatory friends, and his wife, who told him to give up, on God (Job 2:9). However, Job continued, to maintain his trust, in the faithfulness of God.
In the last two verses of Psalm 27 David wrote: “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart, wait, I say, on the Lord.” David saw the good hand of God, throughout his own life. David acknowledged, some of the trials, tribulation, and enemies, he had encountered. Yet he concluded, that God is faithful, and that He is good. David saw the good hand of God, throughout his own life. The beloved King David, was not loved by everyone. David endured trials, from leadership over him, and followers behind him. Even from his own household. Yet, David chose, to see the hand of God, in everything that took place, in his life.
Jeremiah is known, as the Weeping Prophet, because he cried, and grieved much, for his people. They were unrepentant. They continued in sin, though they were warned to repent. Though Jeremiah’s trials, were not physical in nature, he suffered great spiritual anguish, because of Israel. In the end, they refused to listen, to the warnings of God, through Jeremiah. The people were carried away as captives, by the Babylonians. “Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.” (Jeremiah 9:1-2).
We know the Apostle Paul, suffered many trials, by the hand of man. (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). But beyond that, he suffered some type of trial, by the permission of God. Paul called it, a messenger of Satan, and begged God, to remove this “thorn in the flesh.” Yet, God chose to allow Paul, to suffer with this affliction. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). There are many speculations, for what this problem was, but we are not told clearly, in the text of the Bible. Whether we know, the exact nature, of the problem, there is a lesson, to be learned, that can apply, to each of us. Paul endured this trial, which caused him to depend more, upon the Lord. He was told by God, that the affliction, was to show, the power of God, through a weakened life. When we are weak, sick, in need, persecuted, or distressed for Christ’s sake, then God can show himself, strong for our benefit, and for His glory. God told Paul, that His grace, was sufficient. It was sufficient for Paul, God’s grace is sufficient for us today.
Clearly, ALL these examples shown, testify of long seasons of trials. They also show, God’s hand in all of them. Even though they endured much, they also had the Peace of God, during all things. See my Friends, God shows his power, through us, in our weakness, and in return, God receives the Glory, in ALL things.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:6-8).
Psalm 23 (Though we walk in the Valley, He will ALWAYS be with us
Your Sister in Christ,
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.