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Trouble In My Way, I Have To Cry Sometimes….. (Day 25)

on April 21, 2012

This old-school spiritual reminds me of the subject of this chapter.  Have you ever noticed that we tend to draw closer to the Lord when we’re going something rough?  A tumultuous child, an unexpected medical diagnosis or cutbacks at work can easily set us off course, and we find ourselves asking the ‘why’ questions. 

Every circumstance that happens in our lives is intended to build our character and strengthen our faith in the Lord.  Our troubles have a purpose, and God uses them transform us in our faith journey.  We learn about God in our suffering and in our question-asking that we can’t learn any other way.  Each experience helps us become more like Christ. 

And here’s the interesting part: God orchestrates problems or gives permission to the Adversary for us to experience trouble.   Because He is sovereignly in control, our circumstances are part of His plan for us.  Joseph experienced this when God used him to save his brothers and their families at the end of the book of Genesis, “Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it for good…” (Gen. 50:20a).  And in Romans 8:28-29, the Apostle Paul speaks of this: “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son.”

In these experiences the way is hazy, and as strange as this is going to sound, we must offer up praises of thanksgiving.  “You don’t know what I’m going through!” I can hear someone say as they read this blog. “Why should I?”  The Word says we’re to “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thess. 5:18, NIV)  We praise our Heavenly Father in the midst of the storm, and if we praise Him in the valley low places, we’ll be praising Him even more in the mountain high moments.  Blessing and thanksgiving help us get through the rough patches.  

Everything that to happens to us is important for the health of our relationship with the Lord.  God’s plan is always the best plan, and we must remember this fact in the midst of life’s storms.

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