When we face hard times we face the temptation that accompanies them. Hard times have a tendency to make us want to focus on the mistakes we have made or the sins we have committed. Likewise, hard times can tempt us to focus on the mistakes that were made or the sins that were committed against us. Either way, our focus has been moved from God to our circumstances or us and we are faced with the temptation of being bitter, even bitter toward God.

Recently, I heard a story of a young man talking with an older man who seemed to have overcome this temptation. The young man had asked the older for an explanation of his avoiding bitterness and maintaining his good cheer and attitude in spite of the seemingly endless amount of hard times and suffering he had faced. The older man simply explained that he could not be bitter about the hard times, because they had brought him to know God better.  I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, will give you and me a spirit of wisdom, so that through our hard times we may know Him better (Eph 1:17)!

 

Peace,

Jay Don

 

Trust the Lord

by Anonymous

Until I learned to   trust the Lord,
I never learned to pray;
And never learned to fully trust,
Til sorrow came my way.

Until I felt my weakness,
His strength I never knew,
Nor dreamed, til I was stricken,
that He could see me through.

He who drinks deepest sorrow
Drinks deepest too of grace,
God sends the storm so He, himself,
Can be our resting place.

His heart, who seeks our deepest good,
Knows well when things annoy;
We would not yearn for Heaven
If earth held only joy!

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