Lately there’s been some rough patches for my wife and me (circumstances, not our marriage). Basically, we have been very blessed with things through our lives and especially in our life together– but there comes those times when uncertainty creeps in and fear of the unknown must be contended with. When our faith is tested is the time we must be vigilant and stand firm in Jesus to reap whatever benefits are ultimately coming our way. There’s an old expression “this, too, shall pass” that has significance and is worth focusing on when things seem tough.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. -1 Peter 5:6-7 (HCSB)
It’s easy to talk about giving thanks to God in all situations (1 Thes. 5:18), but quite another to do it when one or more of those situations isn’t pleasant. God has a way of getting messages through to me when I need to hear them, but I must be willing to listen to the Holy Spirit when He is talking and not muddy the waters with my own attempts to solve problems and master situations on my own. I’ve been getting that message loud and clear recently and I thank God for it.
Please consider supporting your local Salvation Army during this blessed season.
Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord,
and He will give a reward to the lender.
-Proverbs 19:17 (HCSB)