There will never be a time on this earth where we will be trouble-free. That is not found anywhere in the Bible. In fact the Bible says that man is of few days and full of troubles. Knowing that we will face difficulties in life we should be prepared for them. We should have the foresight to know that every trial serves a purpose in making us better, wiser and stronger than we were before it. We learn more from our hardships than we ever could from going through life on flowery beds of ease. We learn resolve, we learn perseverance, we learn fortitude, we learn patience and if we count ourselves wise we learn to trust wholeheartedly in the Lord. No matter what may come our way we should do our best to rise above that situation. We can’t look at the darkness and complain about our plight, but rather we should find a way to lighten that darkness so that it will not infiltrate our being and discourage our hearts. (Job 14:1) (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Our God is too good and too powerful for us to forget His might and fall into despair. The Lord who created the Universe and all that is within it wishes for us to call upon Him so that He may lessen our burden and show us His ways that are higher and better than ours can ever be. No matter what you may be going through, I want you to be encouraged and know that God is only a whisper call away. He wishes to be where you are so that you may feel His presence and see that He is closer than you can think or imagine. The Lord loves you and wishes for you to rise above, to become better, to become stronger so that you may be a witness of His goodness. What is a test anyways? It is an opportunity for us to rise above it so that we may have a testimony to witness for us of what we have been through and overcame in life. (Matthew 11:28-30) (Isaiah 55:6-9)
I encourage you again to call upon the Lord and allow His goodness to be shown through your life. You will be amazed how God can work in you and through you when you simply surrender your will and ask for God’s will to be done. Willing vessels are world changers because they trust that God will bring good from them which will also elevate their life to even greater heights. May we each allow our simple vessel to be used to elevate this world and be elevated ourselves in return. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to give your all for the Lord knowing that He will use what you have and multiply it many times over and bring a blessing that you never thought would be possible.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was often quoted as saying: “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.” Over the years I have found myself often feeling the same way. I have had a blessed life, but it has never been an easy one. In my 45 years I have had to deal with sickness, injuries, accidents, and pain. I have had to deal with years of poverty and financial struggles. I have had to deal with my sons’ mental handicaps, the death of loved ones, and being separated from those I love. I have had to deal with anger, betrayal, confusion, depression and at times even despair.
Like so many before me I have asked the question: Why do bad things happen to good people? It is a question that has been asked throughout the ages. Books have even been written about it. It is a question that will never be answered completely this side of Heaven. Yet, looking back on my own life now I have to believe that at least part of the reason bad things happen to good people is to make them better people.
When I remember all that I have faced and gone through in this life, I realize that God has used all of it to eventually make me better. With pain came empathy. With grief came healing. With frustration came patience. With struggles came strength. With sorrow came joy. With depression came compassion. With anger came love. And with despair came trust in God. Every test, challenge, and tragedy eventually led me to greater goodness, greater love, and greater Oneness with our Heavenly Father.
None of us likes the negative experiences in life. None of us enjoys pain. None of us wants to go through sorrow. Still, the truth is that “God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him.” May each day here then help you to grow better and more loving.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of Joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
Psalm 100:1-4 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: YOU ARE IMPORTANT
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry