Trials, Trials, Fiery Trials

Everywhere I turn, people hurting. Everywhere I turn, people struggling. Everywhere I turn, people walking through fire. Sick. Weary. Hungry. Poor. Hurting. Broken. Wounded. Abused. Lost. Abandoned. Neglected. Rejected. Raging. Violence. Oh, how I could cry out to the Lord, why Lord? Why Lord? And I have. I have cried out to Him about my own trials. And I have wondered about the trials of others. But at the end of the day, I remember what I told a woman in the midst of her own struggle. Jesus never promised us we would not have our tribulations and trials. But He did promise us this. He has overcome the world. If we would only remember in the midst of our fiery trials that God is sovereign, if we would only take comfort in His presence, if we would only seek His face and allow Him to conform us to the image of Christ as we are refined in the fire of our trials, if we would only run into His arms and rest in Him, then we would discover the blessing greater than any of that which we walk through. Knowing Christ. No matter how much my life has not turned out in any way as I had desired, no matter how many challenges I have been through and continue to go through, I am blessed. For I am not alone in any of my trials as I once was. I am in  Christ.

 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world
you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  ” John 16:33 NIV

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.” 1 Peter 4:12 NASB
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