His Word for My Week – Difficulties

Do you ever wonder why God allows difficult times in our lives, or wonder where He is or does He even care about what we are going through?  The book of James tells us to “Count it all joy when we fall into various temptations.”  Say, what???  JOY!!

Let’s consider the Apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (whatever that may have been) in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:

  1. Did God remove it?  NO  God does not remove affliction from us, but gives us grace so that affliction works for us and not against us.  Grace is God’s provision for every need when we need it.  There is never a shortage of God’s grace.  His grace is sufficient and strengthening.
  2. How did Paul feel about God’s answer?  He accepted his affliction as a gift of God making it possible for God’s grace to go to work in his life.  We often want to know the “why” of difficulties and suffering, but we don’t live on explanations, we live on promises.  And God promises that even the most difficult situations will be used to our benefit.  (Romans 8:28)  Paul’s good attitude stemmed from his focus.  He never let himself get caught up in his earthly trials, but focused on running the race, forgetting the past, and living for what mattered most.  He concentrated on serving the Lord presently and looking forward to his heavenly reward.   Can you imagine how wonderful it will be, first of all, to see our Savior face to face and to live with Him eternally, and to have a glorified body, to experience no tears, no death, no sorrow, and no pain.

So let’s be encouraged with these words:

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory we shall be revealed in us.”  Romans 8:18

“We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.  Nothing shall be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus.”  Romans 8:37-39

Let’s Believe it and rejoice in it!

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