TROUBLING TRIALS PART III HOW SHOULD CHRISTIANS RESPOND?
Let’s be honest, many of us respond by complaining or we are surprised and find it difficult to understand why these troubles are happening to us. [1 Peter 4:12] Peter then gives us the right response. [1 Peter 4:13-16]. So how do I get from complaining to rejoicing? This may surprise you, but it is impossible in our own strength. In fact, it is not natural, rather it is supernatural. These Scriptures are filled with accounts where Godly men and women experienced suffering and trials that were to the point of overwhelming. [1 Corinthians 1:8] & [2 Corinthians 4:7-12] The Apostle Paul gives us a very personal account of great pain and suffering and how the Lord gave him the supernatural ability to go from great sorrow to even greater rejoicing. [2 Corinthians 12:7-10] The key to responding positively to trials and suffering is to understand and trust God’s eternal purpose, and yielding completely to His plan. “…My strength is made perfect in [your] weakness.” All of us would agree that our desire is to experience God’s strength in our lives. It is the testimony of Scripture and my own personal experience that God’s strength is only released in our lives when we yield totally to Him. My greatest obstacle to experiencing God’s strength, provision, and direction for my life is ME! I suspect the same is true of you as well. This truth is not complicated nor is it simplistic. I have discovered that coming to the end of myself and yielding to God is a life-long process. [Philippians 2:12- 13] Let me leave this topic with one more encouragement.
[Colossians 3:1-4] [Philippians 1:20-21]
Until Next Time, Pastor Emeritus Jim Thomas