Rejoicing in Trouble

Trust in the Lord with all your heart (even when it seems crazy to do so), lean not on your own understanding (because it gets us in big trouble…we do not see the big picture) In all your ways acknowledge him (obey God; make him a part of every moment with a submitted heart) and he will make your paths straight (He will clear the clutter and confusion from our hearts and minds, and our decisions will be better and our outcomes, blessed).  Proverbs 3:5 & 6.

There is a path to victory in all circumstances.  God never intended us to be permanently crippled by the difficult and even devastating situations of our lives.  The devil has our number though and when we are hurting; it’s easier to withdraw, to mindlessly watch TV, and to have a couple glasses of wine to ease our burden.  Fellow Christian, we are all spiritual athletes and things don’t come easy to serious athletes.  A true competitor trains and punishes their body, pushing themselves to the limit. When they feel they have “hit the wall” their coaches press them on to be stronger and better.   The walk of life isn’t easy, even for a Christian; but we must press on in faith and hope, standing fast on the belief that all things do work together for good and that our God really does take beauty from ashes. 
When a coach has an athlete with great potential, he will push and stretch that athlete to the breaking point to meet that full potential. The coach will not baby or coddle that athlete because he knows it will ultimately destroy their talent.  Our God is no different and we all have great potential so He pushes us and refines us with fire so that on that final day when we stand before the Lord we can hear “Well done my good and faithful servant!” 

Listen to the author of Habakkuk 3:17-19 (amplified version).  He has lost everything; nothing has gone as expected and his most basic needs aren’t being met.  Yet he finds victory in the midst of the loss.  Though the fig tree does not blossom and there be no fruit on the vine.  Though the product of the oil fail, and the fields yield no food, though the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stall………YET I will rejoice in the Lord, I will exalt in the God of my salvation.  The lord God is my strength, my personal bravery, and MY INVINCIBLE ARMY; He makes my feet like hinds feet, and will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror but to walk) and make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility.

The author is a spiritual athlete and is trained for battle.  He has taken his eyes off his terrible circumstances and has fixed them upon his God for that is the key to victory.  Worshipping God from the depths of his soul, he knows that he will be stronger and better because of his trouble and that his trouble will not permanently cripple him.

God Loves You…God Loves You…God Loves You!  He has not failed you; He has not turned His back on you.  Stand up; fix your eyes on God and worship Him from the depths of your heart in the midst of your tribulation.  He WILL bring you though.   

By Rhonda Shelford Jansen