Who Are You Relying On?

challengesJesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials.” (Jn 16:33) You solve one problem, and another one comes along to take its place. They’re not all big, but they’re all necessary to your spiritual growth.

How do you assess the strength of something? By testing it! The Bible says, “Don’t be surprised by the fiery ordeal that has come on to test you…so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1Pe 4:12-13) Some of your most life enriching experiences will come during your worst moments – when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when you’re out of options, when your pain levels go through the roof – and you turn to God. That’s when you learn to pray heartfelt, honest-to-God prayers. When you’re in pain you don’t have the energy for superficial ones. And that’s when you discover, “The Lord is close to the broken hearted.” (Ps 34:18)

God could have kept Joseph out of prison, Daniel out of the lions’ den, Jeremiah out of the slimy pit, and Paul from being shipwrecked, but he didn’t. as a result, each one of them was drawn closer to God and impacted the world around them. Your problems force you to look to God and depend on Him instead of yourself. This is especially hard on super achievers like Paul. “Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Cor 1:9) You’ll never know what God can do until God is all you have. So place your needs into His capable, loving hands, and watch what happens.

To hear this concept put to music by Laura’s Story, listen to her song Blessings.

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