I’ve been troubled by troubles. Not simply my own. Seeing people that I care for struggle has been difficult for me as well. There’s a lot of it out there, and for someone who is very empathic (points to self) life has been draining.
I messaged my friend Ronda about how I was feeling and asked her to pray. Scripture wasn’t bringing me any comfort. In fact I was struggling to absorb and understand things. I didn’t have a clue what I was going to post on Monday. Andrew prayed with me as well, and on Monday morning what I would share finally came to me. I was also struggling to finish this piece. Nevertheless, the words for this came on Monday as well.
Those prayers were answered and God’s grace was sufficient, but there are definitely days when I wish it were easier. I’m not the only one. Paul the apostle asked God (three times) to have his thorn removed because it was painful. However, the Lord informed Paul that His grace would be sufficient for him. Sometimes our requests aren’t answered in the way we would prefer.
Even though life is hard, I see that the Lord is teaching me to trust Him. He’s holding off giving me the words just long enough for me to to see that He will come through at just the right time.
I’ll be honest. I don’t like it. I don’t like that lack of control. If we’re honest we’ll admit that we want some control. But who knows better about the grand scheme of things than our Father God? I should take some comfort in knowing that He holds the future. I should rest at Jesus’ feet knowing that I don’t have to figure it all out. He’s got it worked out.
Scripture tells us to accept troubles. So I’ve been repeating these two words over and over in my head hoping they’ll sink in. Reading what Scripture says and why it’s important might be more helpful.
Why is it important to accept our hardships? For starters God gives us both good times and bad times. They both serve their purpose. As difficult as these hard times are, those who don’t accept troubles will seek a path that’s easier or much more appealing to them. They will start listening to what they want to hear rather than the truth. What’s worse is that these same people may lead, teach, or be an example to others. Instead of sharing the truth they’ll spread lies that lead people away from Jesus and His saving grace. The truth doesn’t always feel good, but it sets people free and saves lives. It’s important that we’re choosing the right path.
Teachers Who Say Things They Want to Hear…
“The time will come when people will not listen to the true teaching. They will find more and more teachers who are pleasing to them, teachers who say things they want to hear. They will stop listening to the truth. They will begin to follow the teaching of false stories. But you should control yourself at all times. When troubles come, accept them. Do the work of telling the Good News. Do all the duties of a servant of God.”2 Timothy 4:3-5
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