Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12

We are now living in times of difficulty. I know there can be a constant struggle for every believer. Issues in life can be very challenging at times, and it may seem that you are never be able to get beyond each dilemma. Trouble is everywhere; problems seem to always find where you are; no matter how you try to prevent them: whether it is health, family, friends, co-workers, or financial, something will always trouble you. I know that life can be hard; it can sometimes discourage and dishearten you. Don’t despair because there is hope for the believer; the grace of God helps us to endure life’s hardships.

It is no secret that the child of God will face hardship while living on this earth. We are told by Job, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. (Job 14:1). We must not think that our trials are things that happen accidentally or by chance. We have to understand that God allows and designs them for our testing, purging and cleansing. Every child of God must learn from the illustration of the eagle. When the time comes, an eagle stirs up the nest and turns her young ones out into mid-air, forcing them to use their wings. In a similar manner, God allows our hearts to be disturbed by troubles to bring about an urgent sense of need for Him. Also, we must not be surprised at the trials that come our way. We must learn to grow from our difficulties, and understand that God is causing us to long for our eternal home with Him in glory. The Apostle Paul expressed a very comforting truth when he said, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” II Corinthians 4:17.

It is extremely important that we come to the understanding that the trials of life do not compare to the eternal bliss the child of God will experience as soon as our feet touch down in glory, and we look into the eyes of our Savior; everything we had to endure on this side of life will be worth it on the other side of life. Paul said it like this, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18.). So let’s deal with it because God is causing us to grow.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Moore