2 Corinthians 1:3-6 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
Have you ever noticed how some people (Christians) have small problems and seem to live in defeat? Then others are dealing with more than we could ever comprehend like the loss of a child or cancer and they are constantly praising the Lord and living life to the fullest? I have often wondered why this is and have a desire to always live my life in a way that gives God glory. I have failed at times, I admit, but here are some principles that I believe we should live by in order to use the trials in our lives to show others who Christ is.
1.- We need to intimately KNOW/EXPERIENCE God’s love for us. For many of us the first song we sang was Jesus Loves Me, the first lesson we learned about God was of His great love for us, yet when something bad happens in our lives, we doubt His love and goodness. When we doubt God’s love for us, we are doubting the very essence of who God is. I challenge you to spend time with the Lord, listen to His sweet voice as you read through His Word and keep a list or underline His words of love, promises of peace and provision. Then, when the difficult days come and you don’t understand what’s going on in your life, rely on His Character! Trust in His promises.
2.- The Lord hears the cries of his children. We need to learn to cry out to God. Most of us will experience hardships that we cannot endure on our own. We can do all things THROUGH CHRIST, not in our own strength. So, I plead with you to give it to the Lord, whatever it is. Get along with God, thank Him for His goodness and fervently pray for His help. He will hear your cry and he will give a peace that passes our understanding.
Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
3- Take your thoughts captive!! This is the most difficult one. Sometimes we are surrounded by news, people, or situations that are constantly telling us how bad things are and reminding us of the possibilities of things getting worse. These are not the things that should be filling our thoughts. The Bible specifically tells us to think on good things. So, when you find yourself worrying and pitying yourself and others, tell yourself “no”, and start quoting scripture or thinking about the attributes of God.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Lastly, I would like to say to not be afraid to tell others about your problems. We don’t want to be complainers, but we are called to carry one another’s burdens. We are to pray for one another. So, allow those that care for you to pray with you and help during difficult times.
Love, Beth G.