You may have noticed that many of my posts for the last several months have been focused on what to do in hard times. It’s because this season of my life is filled with many challenges and I can only speak out of my life, right.
But I want to do more than that, I want to help you through your trials and challenges also. Just as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1,
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
But what comfort do I have to give you, but only what I receive from God and it is amazing! We will never be rid of trials and tribulations, just as Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Have you ever asked “what does that mean exactly”? I have.
What consolation is in that statement for me and my life in the present day? I know Jesus has overcome the world, but what about me? How can I overcome this world? Well, 1 John tells us:
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
Now, when I read that statement, it makes me a little scared because I think, what if my faith is weak? What is going to happen in my situation if my faith fails? Do you ever wonder that?
Many times in my trials I feel weak and incomparable to the task at hand, but then I realized what good company I’m in with Paul, Peter and many of those who not only followed Christ, but also many who God used in the OT to do His will. I mean think of Gideon and Moses. Wow, at least when I look at them I feel a little better. They all saw themselves as unable. Look at Paul who PLEADED with God to take the thorn from his flesh and this is how God responded:
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
- God knows I’m weak and it doesn’t bother Him.
- I don’t have to be super-woman (man).
- He uses even the weakest of humans.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which aremighty;
that no flesh should glory in His presence.
I remember recently when a second sister of mine passed away. She battled cancer for 10 years. Our family was attending the funeral and I watched my mother. She was understandably in shock. This was her second child to have died in the last 6 years. I could not even fathom what she was feeling and I watched as her strength waned and her ability to uphold her own heart was gone. When I took her back to her hotel for a nap, as she lay there, all the strength she could muster was gone and she went limp, weeping in the bed.Isn’t this where we are in the dark of night where no one sees us? Limp and lifeless to fight our battle?She was done! Her ability to handle this situation was NO MORE! Her heart was broken in a million pieces. And she is a believer! Was God upset at that moment because her faith could not stand up under this onslaught of grief! ABSOLUTLEY NOT! FOR THEN…..HER LOVING FATHER TOOK HER IN HIS ARMS AND BROUGHT STRENTGH!Strength for the next moment. To get up the next day and face it without her daughter. And face it she did. But it was clear that it was not her own faith or strength that upheld her, it was the LORD, HIMSELF!