Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Life can be so challenging at times for everyone. It is interesting how many people are always trying to find a life free from any type of irritation, agitation, aggravation, or deprivation. At no time will we ever escape any type of hardship or trial in this life. Job profoundly states, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” Just as sure as we are born into this world, we will at various intervals experience adversity. I want to be perfectly clear, no one escapes trouble. Life’s disappointments and challenges will happen to all who are born into the world. It does not matter what your social status is, whether middle class, lower class or upper class, problems do not discriminate.
Now I direct my attention to the believer. I am baffled at the fact that so many Christians are always taken by surprise when something negatively happens to them, as if to say, “This should never have happened to me at all”; or “Why is this happening to me?” “I’m a good person.” My words to you are, “Why not?” Why do you think you should be exempt from any adversity in your life? Jesus told His disciples on the night he was betrayed, arrested, and condemned to die, he said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, ESV). In other words, Therefore, we must be aware of the fact that these things will come upon us.
So what should our response be to the issues of life? I contend that the first thing is to be prepared at all times. Well, you might be saying how do I prepare myself for trouble when I don’t know when it is going to happen? It is imperative that you and I have an insatiable desire to get to know the God of the Scriptures through continual time in His Word and in prayer. Let me give you an illustration of what I mean. There was a little girl who was flying on an airplane for the first time; as the plane took off the flight began to be very bumpy. The Captain came on and told the passengers that due to the turbulence, no one would be able to get out of their seats, even the flight attendants. The flight was so bad that a number of people became sick and frightened, but here was this little girl who sat in her seat calmly. The lady sitting next to her was curious as to why this little girl was not frightened like everyone else. As the flight continued, the turbulence never stopped, and the little girl remained calm and began to sing and clap her hands. The lady sitting next to her was totally dumbfounded, and decided to ask the little girl how is it that she could be so calm. The Little girl turned to the lady and looked her in the eye and said, “My daddy is the pilot, and he promised me that he would get me home safely. So, I have nothing to be afraid of, I’m in good hands, because I know and love my daddy.”
The other thing we must do when the trials and stress of life comes at us from all angles, is to regularly be in fellowship with other believers; this will bring encouragement to us when pressures are mounting up. The Hebrew writer admonishes us in Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV), he says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” It is all to often that so many act as though they can make it on their own. The enemy deceives them into thinking because of one or two agents of Satan that keeps trouble going, that they don’t need the headache of attending church. If you look at it, it is only a small amount of agitators. Do not be blind to the greater number of those who are seeking to do right. I need you, you need me. I can gain strength by seeing how God brought you out of your life situation.
The only way you and I can handle the tragedy and trials of life is to know who God is through being in a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. To many are trying to solve those trying situations on their own or by seeking counsel from those who don’t know Jesus. That is utter foolishness. You must put trust in the One who has declared the end from the beginning, and know that He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think. I don’t know about you, but I choose to trust and obey Him and Him alone.
Problems are going to happen all of our lives, be wise and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, He will never fail you, because He will never fail Himself. That is how you handle life.
Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor James Moore, Jr.