By Laurel Robinson
The enemy wants us to see our trials and feel sorry for ourselves. He wants us to blame God, or assume that God is not paying attention.
This is what we do. This is what our culture does. This is even what our friends’ sympathy may encourage us to do.
If you are feeling sorry for yourself, it’s time to “flip the script” -- to look at things from a completely different angle.
Over and over in Scriptures, we see a God who does not coddle His beloved, but gives them opportunities to flex their faith, to grow in their trust of Him, and even to understand more intricately how He loves us. Think of Hosea. God had him love and marry a woman who was unfaithful and broke his heart. Hosea then understood like never before, the way that God felt when His people went chasing after false gods for a sense of security. He was able to convey that to his countrymen in a way that had deep meaning. Hosea knew what he was talking about.
Remember this promise today, from 1 Peter:
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind,forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Remember that Peter’s love for the Lord was also deepened by hard times. He knew what he was talking about!
Speak Truth to your trial today: The Lord loves you, and everything He allows into your life is intentional. He will get you through this. He is preparing you for Heaven. He may strip away some of your favorite things in the process, but this is only because of His wisdom and love for you. Trust the process; more importantly, trust the Provider.