Grace morning on this fresh and fruitful Friday.
Often the biggest problem for any sufferer is not the problem. It is the spiritual challenge the problem presents: How are you doing in the midst of what you are going through? What are you learning? Where are you failing? Where do you need encouragement? Will you learn to live well and wisely within pain, limitation, weakness, and loss? Will suffering define you? Will you continue to live in fear?
The opposite of fear is fearlessness. Fearlessness is active and enduring. It carries on constructively in the midst of stressful things that don’t feel good at all. God wants you to have courage in the midst of your crises. Courage means more than freedom from anxious feelings. Endurance is a purposeful “abiding under” what is hard and painful, considering others even when you don’t feel good.
God is a mighty God and everlasting Father. He exerts a high and purposeful sovereignty. But we often misapply God’s sovereignty when it comes to problems and enduring trials. The common misapplication is that God is in control, therefore what ever you’re going through God can handle it. You need to just trust God and accept the fact that he knows what he is doing.
God’s personal tenderness, unchangeable truth, and compassionate purposes are united so that he accomplishes the mind blowing unexplainable blessings in our lives.
“I cry out to you, Lord. You are my rock; don’t refuse to hear me. If you won’t talk to me, I’ll be just like those going down to the pit. Listen to my request for mercy when I cry out to you, when I lift up my hands to your holy inner sanctuary.”
Psalms 28:1-2 CEB
God profoundly comforts us when we trust him, and call upon his life changing name.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this fear-less and fantastic Friday!