I didn’t get a Day 26 post up in my 31 day series on Learning to Be Positive. Why? Life happened and it was anything but positive.
The book QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life states that being stressed is a choice. I often try to keep this in mind when trials and bad situations arise, but sometimes it still feels like I am being crushed by the weight of the world.
I found myself googling “stress induced memory lapse” and I stopped – is this how life is meant to be lived? Is this really what God wants? Is it possible to just “change your perspective” and suddenly not be stressed out?
I really don’t have all the answers, but there are a few things I know to be true.
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
No matter where we are at in life, we are not alone. I don’t believe that God send us through trials for no reason. In the midst of the worst I have found myself praying for the “why.” Lord, there is a reason I am walking through this, open my eyes so I can see it.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:2-8
Jesus promised us that if we were His followers we WOULD face trials. There is not a question about if, but when. These trials don’t always come in the form of religious persecution. Maybe it comes in the form of a financial burden. A health problem. A broken marriage.
Trials are the perfecters of our faith. We are not called to avoid them, or run from them, or get a divorce when things aren’t going well. We are called to persevere. Don’t listen to what your emotions are telling you to do. Don’t listen to what well-meaning friends and family tell you to do. Listen to God’s voice.
I would encourage anyone going through a trial to read James 5. James 5:11 says:
“We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.”
Endure. Pray. Stay in the word of God. In my life the single key that has opened the floodgates of communication with God is reading my Bible daily.
When we are in the midst of a trial it is hard not to let the hurt take over. But trust the the Lord who is full of tenderness and mercy has a plan, and He has NOT abandoned you. Or me.
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:14
This is day 26 in the series 31 Days Of Learning To Be Positive. Click here to check out the entire series.