More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.
Written by: Shannon Swenson
Part of God’s plan for us is to grow in spiritual maturity. That shouldn’t come as a big surprise. It can catch us totally off guard when we find ourselves in less-than-ideal circumstances. It can be a challenge to see the bigger picture when we are in the middle of suffering. It is easy to disregard the voice that says, “Trust me, I have a plan.”
We all know people, or maybe are people, who have run from God more than once. When we run from Him, we miss out on His goodness, grace, wisdom, love, and truth. We don’t lose it. We just miss out on it until we grow in our faith a little more. When we turn the tables and tell God, “Trust me, I have a plan,” that rarely works out in our favor.
It’s tough when you are in the middle of something painful. Maybe a prayer was answered with a no, not now, maybe, or even a yes. I mean, am I the only one who has prayed for something, received it, and then wanted to give it back?
Part of growing in our faith is to learn God can be trusted and He does have a plan. If you and I can learn to run to God, not from Him, when we don’t understand what the lesson is, we will find in the end we can rejoice in the sufferings. When I lose my perspective of trusting God, I prolong my own misery. Sound familiar?
Have you ever had a conversation with someone who seems to have peace, wisdom, and doesn’t get rattled by much? They probably have gone through some hard stuff to get to that place. God can be trusted even though situations might not turn out as expected or hoped. If we trust Him in the storm, we grow our faith a little more. We can choose to run the race or run the other way.
Thought of the day: What’s your next step in growing your faith in Jesus?
Prayer: Daddy, thank You that You never leave us where we are. Thanks that we get to grow up in You. Thank You for allowing pain and suffering so we get to experience endurance and a greater trust relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.