Faith Is Not always Easy!

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NLT)

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“Rest Assured God Will Not Leave Us Alone"

In days gone by, I remember physical therapy after chemo and brain radiation brain. I had balance and mobility problems and started out on a walker to aid my walking. I ultimately graduated to a walking cane. If you’ve had knee or hip surgery, you probably recall the words of the therapist, “Try to relax. We have your best interest in mind.” Experiences like this may cause you to question God’s care for me. Why would He let this happen? Have there been times in your life that you questioned if God is even hearing your prayers? I have some serious needs I pray about and God just doesn’t seem to answer the way I ask. I was reminded this morning of what the Bible says in 1 Peter 4:19 NLT, “So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.”

This verse reminds us that though we may not understand the reason for our suffering, we can rest in the assurance that God will not leave us alone in our hardships. I’m convinced that God uses sometimes the uncomfortable circumstances in our lives to refine us and make us spiritually healthy. When His methods don’t make sense, we can choose to trust Him, remembering He’s our Creator, He knows what we need better than we do, and He will not fail us.

Looking to the cross, we find a Savior who chose suffering for Himself in order to heal generations of hurting people. Fixing our gaze on a God like this will keep us from doubting His love and care when we find ourselves in the midst of difficulty and suffering.

The next time you struggle through a difficult season, instead of wondering why you are suffering, stand in wonder of the Creator who cares for you and is faithful to strengthen you through every trial. I’m glad I belong to Him!




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