What kind of environment do you find yourself living in? Is it overwhelming at times due to strained relationships with loved ones, or chronic health issues that induce pain and isolation, or a financial drought where expenses are increasing through no fault of your own, or your place of ministry has become a desert instead of the oasis it used to be for you?
Trials of these kinds are common, very common, but pointing that out doesn’t take the pain away, does it? No, but we can’t live life by allowing pain of some kind to be our navigator or captain. We must endure, persevere, and be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
( James 1:12 )
The greatest fears during trials are not just related to pain (physical, emotional, mental), but include anxiety of losing the ability to flourish in life.
My friend, as a child of God who has committed your life to Him for all of eternity, He knows how to take care of you in this world. Your trials of today, though the enemy designed them for maximum destructive power in your life, will not result in your destruction.
God is active and present on the scene, and He will make use of these same trials to prune some branches in your heart and soul. Pruned trees make for fruitful trees… very fruitful trees!
Persevere. Endure. Collaborate with God in accordance with the scriptures, His Word. And, in the midst of the fiery trials always remember to cultivate the joy of your salvation.
“But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your loving kindness in the morning, for You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress.”
( Psalms 59:16 )