Ok America, this is going to be a long post but I woke up with this on my mind so bear with me as I feel God put this on my heart to share it with you. Sooo here goes.
I have a few people in my life that have gone through so many trials and tribulations lately. Some are so extremely horrible that it’s hard to digest. And for anyone that knows me knows that by nature I’m a fixer. I take other people’s problems and make them my own and do everything in my power to make things better for those I love. I absolutely hate seeing someone I love hurt. But the thing is God uses these things to remind me that some things are bigger than me and are not meant for me to carry on my own. It takes times like these to make me see how big and merciful our God is! These testing of faith are not in vain. I have to stop trying to play God and give them to him. Only then will things start working in his plan.
A statement was made the other day that stuck with me. Since then I’ve prayed and read my Bible to try and find an answer and I feel like I understand a little better and I hope this reaches someone else who is hurting and facing a storm.
Does God punish us for our sins? Are the trials of our lives a result of the bad decisions we have made past or present? How could a God who is known for his love and mercy cause such horrible things to happen in our lives? How can he expect one person to endure so much pain and suffering?
First of all, Jesus has already suffered and paid for ALL of our sins. That’s past, present and future. Now that does not mean that we can run around doing whatever we want and not worry about anything because we know our debt has already been paid. It just means that we can remind the devil when he puts those thoughts into our minds that since so many bad things have occurred that we must really be bad people and that God has given up on us. That is a LIE. God never gives up on his children! His love endures forever! Yet since we are his children God will chastise us. Just like any good and loving earthy Father would do for his children. Not to hurt us but to discipline, shape, mold, and grow us in the process of confirming us to the likeness of Christ.
In addition to being chastised, I believe that God will test us as well. I feel like I am tested one way or the other every single day. Some days I’m armed with my armor of God, and some days I’m not and I fail miserably. Most tests from God are purely mental. You can let that one little lie from the devil to enter and then that turns into something else and so forth. But, we have to be prepared to shut that old devil up and proclaim in the name of JESUS that the devil is a lie.
If God is auditing and challenging you, his intentions are for you to grow, rise to the occasion and prayfull you thank, praise, and seek HIS guideance through his word. Ask for forgiveness, and seek his purpose for what you are going through.
I know that in my own trying times, looking back, it was always for my good even if I didn’t see how. He loves us beyond measure and desires for us to be in a strong relationship with HIM through Christ. Please let’s pray for those who we love that are facing difficulties right now and that God puts his hands all over it. That he can give them the ultimate peace that only he can give.
Lastly let’s pray for our Nation that was founded on Biblical values. That not matter what happens in this upcoming election that his love and protection be surrounding America! We should have no fear for God is with us, after all he has already overcome the world once before and I know he will do it again. Cry out to Jesus America!!