And I have a choice to make.
Do I choose to embrace God's plan?
- Walk by faith ...even when I don't understand.
- Or walk by sight ...when I can figure things out for myself and see where I'm going.
I consider the story of Paul in the Bible. Acts 16:22-24 provides a description of painful circumstances.
- Stripped and beaten publicly
- Thrown into prison
- Placed in the inner cell
- Feet fastened in stocks
I don't know about you but I've never experienced trials that can compare to what Paul went through.
And yet, how did Paul respond to these trials?
"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them." Acts 16:25
I'm not sure I would respond in the same manner, particularly when I complain about my own trials. But Paul's response teaches me how to respond.
When life seems overwhelming, troubling and uncertain ...I can still have joy.
When I don't understand the why's in my life ...I can still praise and worship God.
When I feel like I'm not in control ...I can trust God who is in control.
When I am afraid ...I can remember that He has promised to never leave me nor forsake me.I can have joy because of my relationship with Jesus. I trust Him in the midst of my trials. I can trust Him with the outcome of my trials. I know He has a purpose ...for my good and His glory.
Did you notice that in Paul's trial "the other prisoners were listening to them"?
What do people see when you are going through your trials?
The world is watching. Is your response any different from the response of people who don't know Jesus as their Savior and Lord?
Will you choose to trust God with your trial and allow Him to provide you with His joy and peace in the midst of it?
It will speak volumes to those who are listening and watching you.
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