Trials

I’m going to try something different and start to blog about my experiences alongside God’s word, so hang with me here, this will be my first try!

Recently I’ve realized how many, as the bible likes to say, “trials” we go through on a daily, weekly, monthly, annual, etc. basis. In high school it’s that back-stabbing friend, the heartbreaks, the empty feeling after what was supposed to be a “fun night.” In college and adulthood it’s going broke, getting let go from your job, fights with the spouse, and about a quadrillion other things. I personally refer to these “trials” as the crap of life – the stuff everyone hates and the stuff that drags us down. We ask, “Why me?” and nine times out of ten we get angry, frustrated, or just flat out done with the situation – many of us give up. I know I’m guilty of it. I know I’m also guilty of looking up at God and saying, “What the heck is this?” I, along with about 98% of the world, expect my loving Father to give me the straight, paved, well-lit pathway to an easy life. We start to feel burdened, worn, and maybe even forgotten.
But God tells us His plan is different from the easy road. He puts in front of us a dirt trail, with gnarly trees blocking our view of the twists and turns it holds. I hear you now, “Well great, thanks God,” but wait! What we often forget is that God also offered to act as our personal GPS through the path ahead of us. That He can help us through the hardest parts of our journey. If we rely on Him in which all things are possible, the mountains in front of us become molehills and the ravines become mere cracks in the dirt.
The bible says “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12. Stay strong in your trials, God knows you’re struggling and he hasn’t forgotten about you, it’s just up to you to ask Him for a little help. It’s easy to let the thoughts and words of this world invade our heart. They tell us it isn’t worth it and that no one understands or cares about what we’re going through – but the funny thing about what this world tells us is this: most of it’s a lie. The bible says “If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” 1 John 3:20. God knows what you’re going through, He wants to help and He’s stretched His almighty hand out for you to hold through the crap life throws at you. He wants to take the broken and mend them into something beautiful and great. After all, Jesus says, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Matthew 9:12.

Sam

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