Facing Difficult Times
“But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.”
Over the years there have not been many families that did not deal with difficulties during their lives. I know that my family has had difficult times on several occasions. God tells us that all of us will have trials and temptations during our lives. James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Having spent much time in reading God’s word I have come to the conclusion that God gives us most of the difficulties in our life in order to change us. I know that when I have had difficult times in my life, these were the times that I was wandering away from following God and his will for me. I believe these difficulties put me back on the right path, and helped direct me to where God wanted me to be. Difficulties can change our lives as the scripture above indicates, as they test our faith and helps us develop perseverance. I believe that every trial and difficulty that we face is an opportunity for growth, as we will learn and make us aware that God is still in control. Difficulties will bring us back to where God wants us to be; back into following his perfect law and commandments. When we study God’s word he gives us the answer for all the difficulties we will face in our lives. He tells us what to do and what not to do in all situations. When I have had difficulties I can read God’s word, and find scriptures on anything that will confront me. This does not mean that all my difficulties are taken care of overnight, but it means that I now know to put God back into control in my life and he will take care of them for me. James 5:10-11 “Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” When we turn our difficulties over to God and seek God’s wisdom found in the Scriptures, we will be able to face our difficulties and trials with joy, as we will know that God will bless us for having faith and trust in him. God promises us that he will not give us more than we can bear, and that if we stand firm and have faith and trust in him, that we will overcome all trials and difficulties that will confront us. When our way gets rough our patience has a chance to grow.
Pastor Robert William Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Two