Welcome to my Priority One Blog Series.
It hasn't just been a hard day, or a long week. I've been in a long quiet struggle over the past several months. My mind, energy and time have been occupied with the necessary. I have sat down at my computer to post a blog more times than I can count. I've gotten a couple of entries completed, but I've been unable to maintain the momentum.
It has been an extended series of trials and afflictions and at times, the weight of them was great. Even overwhelming. When you walk through one trial only to be met by another and then another, you cannot help at times but to ask, "why?". Sometimes it seems as if there is to be no end of adversity. So what can you do? I know I am not alone in my struggles, and so I am led to share this with you. I know there are many others going through their own personal set of similar difficulties.
I have learned as many of you also, that these are the times we must draw even closer to God. Prayer, meditation, sitting quietly in his presence, and soaking in the Word of God. All the answers are in the Word, but it takes more than a little diligence and patience to seek them out. Isaiah 30:21 says that the "bread of adversity" and the "water of affliction" are our teachers. I have decided I want to learn what I need to in this season. (Probably mostly because I don't want to have to repeat history to learn what God is trying to teach me!)
So what else does the Word of God have to say about adversity? Proverbs 24:10 says, "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." So when adversity and trials come, the first thing is that we should not faint. We are to have strength. Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. We are to have strength that we receive directly from Christ himself.
Psalm 34:19 says, Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Yup, many afflictions--we are to expect them. It is not an easy thing. In Ps. 31:10, David said, "my strength fails because of my affliction and my bones grow weak". Yes, His word says our afflictions, trials and adversities cause our strength to fail, and yet we are NOT to faint in these difficult times. In fact, we are told not just to not faint, but to be joyful! (Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.)
How can we be joyful in the midst of trial and affliction? Well, we can be sure that if God has allowed a trial to come, that there is purpose for it. Not only is there a purpose for it here as we walk through this life, there is even more so an eternal purpose. A purpose that forwards the Kingdom of God.
2 Cor 4:17: For our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. I've had to remind myself many times in the past months that, no matter how it seems to me at the moment, this is a "light" affliction, and is "but for a moment"! (It seems much longer!!)
Our afflictions and adversities, as we pass through them, are designed to bring God the glory.
So be at peace in your time of adversity. For you can know (with a capital "K" -- really KNOW) that God WILL be glorified in all that you are going through.
So this week I pray that along with me, you will be at peace and keep your eyes of faith on the Kingdom of God. I pray that as you persevere through your trials, that he will renew your strength, and that you will accept the lessons that this time of adversity has to teach you, so you can move beyond the struggle and walk in a place of joy!
Have a great Sunday, and join me as I put God first in everything...He is my Priority One!
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