" We were under great pressure." ( 2 Corinthians 1:8)
"...so that Christ's power may rest on me." ( 2 Corinthians 12:9)
"The Lord had to force David, through the discipline of many long and painful years, to learn of the
almighty power and faithfulness of his God. Through those difficult years, he also grew in his knowledge of faith and godliness, which were indispensable principles for his glorious career as king of Israel.
Nothing but the most dangerous circumstances in which Paul was constantly placed could ever have taught him, and thus the church through him, the full meaning of the great promise of God he learned to claim:
" my grace is sufficient for you" ( 2 Corinthians 12:9)
And nothing but the great trials and dangers we have experienced would ever have led some of us to know Him as we do, to trust Him as we have, and to draw from Him the great measure of His grace so indispensable during our times of greatest need.
Difficulties and obstacles are God's challenges to our faith.
When we are confronted with hindrances that block our path of service, we are to recognize them as vessels for faith and then fill them with the fullness and complete sufficiency of Jesus.
As we move forward in faith, simply and fully trusting Him, we may be tested. Sometimes we may have to wait and realize that "perseverance must finish its work" (James 1:4). But ultimately we will surely find "the stone rolled away" (Luke 24:2) and the Lord Himself waiting to bestow a blessing on us for our time of testing."
A.B. Simpson, Streams in the Desert, excerpt on November 15 by L.B. Cowman
Mid-November and I look upon this sweet alyssum squeezing out its flower between hard sidewalk slabs, reminding me of the power of perseverance in the face of daily trials, heart-wrenching hurts, sorrows, and oh, this world-wide pain.
No answers here, but Paul knew, by the words he penned through the power of the Spirit.
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure
that neither death nor life, nor angels or rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39
The 15th of this month for our family marks 22 years since our son's open heart surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot.
On this date in my Streams in the Desert devotional, I read,
"difficulties and obstacles are God's challenges to our faith."
I was challenged that day, 22 years ago, remembering every vivid moment of carrying our toddler son, with my knees shaking, and placing him upon the operating table, staying beside him until sleep overcame and comforting him with my words, speaking above the pounding of my heart, trusting the surgeon's hands as I prayed Jesus' hands upon his.
This day, and the 10 days following in Intensive Care, challenged my faith, brought me to a place of surrender, my will for His; my love for Him deepened as I read from His Word those long days of my bedside vigil over my son.
"Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him." James 1:12
Obstacles can strengthen us, draw us to a source greater than ourselves, a source that will help us persevere through testing, growing faith strong, able to withstand the trials by day and the fears by night to a place of abiding peace with God as He goes with us through the deep valleys of life.
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." Romans 5:1-5
My dear friends, God wants you to have this peace; seek Him while He may be found; His perfect peace in this dark world.
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