|Indeed in our hearts we felt then sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. Ė2 Corinthians 1:9|
It is important for us to get to a place in our Christian walks where we can find joy in our hardships and suffering. I never knew what this meant until the time in my life when I found myself submerged in troubled waters. I thought I didnít have a reason to live, and I cried myself to sleep every night until my tear ducts ran dry. My grades at school were suffering, I felt completely lonely and empty, and nobody could help me. I could not talk to anyone because I couldn't find any words to express my emotions and heartache.
This feeling went on for a few weeks, and I somehow forgot that God existed as those weeks passed by. I woke up one day with swollen eyes, and as I tried to get out of bed, I literally fell to my knees. I hadnít been in the position in so long that I could barely remember what to do. As I knelt there, tears begun to run down my face as I quietly spoke to the father that I forsook for so long. We talked for over an hour, and as I stood up, I felt brand new! It was as if a huge burden was lifted off me.
The point that I am trying to make here is that when we get lackadaisical about our relationship with God, he does whatever it takes to change that. He sometimes brings about situations that remind us to turn back to him and rely on him. Many of us forget to depend on him, even after it tells us in Psalm 55:22 to cast our cares on the Lord and he will sustain us. We can do absolutely nothing without him; so it is imperative that we do not turn away from him. And if we find ourselves amidst troubled waters, we should quickly turn to him. We should also seek God in our trials and learn to grow from them. There are many reasons why we face troubles and I donít know them all, but one thing I do know is that if we donít learn and grow from them, it was all in vain. There is a purpose behind everything we go through and it is important to seek God in order to find out what it is.
Joseph went to jail to become king; Daniel was in a lionís den before he became great; Jesus was persecuted, humiliated and killed to rise up as the Savior of mankind. What is the purpose of your trial?
Stay blessed and spread the word.