When The LORD goes before us, He leaves a Trail of Triumph for us to walk in: as long as we follow Him, as long as we walk in the paths He has laid out, we cannot fail.
Simeon rejoiced in his death, for he had completed his task: he had done the job God had set for him. When we die, will we be able to say the same?
His life wasn’t making sense anymore, but Job wasn’t about to leave God and Job wasn’t going to pretend he understood what God was doing.
…storms may arise, even when we are in the plain line of Christian duty. We should not be discouraged by the difficulty or trouble which comes and conclude that we are in the wrong path.
A Mighty Fortress is our God! When we abide in Him all that would distress us melts away, and the perfect peace that only He can provide comes into our hearts and gives us the strength to go on for Him! What a glorious position we have through Christ who has made us sons and daughters of God, and bestowed on us the peace that passes understanding.
To give thanks when life is falling apart means that we believe that God is working behind the scenes to bring about the best results for us… even though we can’t understand how.
Anyone who has ever lost patience and pulled an unripe apple off the tree knows firsthand the price of being too hasty. All things have been appointed a time to begin, a time to grow, and a time to be fruitful. This is an inescapable reality of our world, regardless of how inventive we get with altering our environments or distracting our minds.
…the Believer who is completing his course of suffering for Christ’s sake is completing the process of ceasing from sin. In other words, suffering for Christ’s sake transforms the Believer from sin-FULL to sin-LESS; suffering for Christ’s sake perfects Believers.
When some followers of Christ find themselves suffering, their immediate response is “Lord, deliver me from this, immediately!” He can and sometimes He does. But He often does not. When He does not, it may be because it is His will to grow spiritual character in the life of His follower.
Trials in life are certainly not desirable! They are not comfortable, they may cause us pain and inconvenience, but when they are brought by God into our lives there is most definitely something He wants us to learn from them!