Joy In Trials (Devotion from Standing Firm)
- JOY IN TRIALS -
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials
of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith
develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so
that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives
generously to all without finding fault, and it will be
given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt,
because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and
tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive
anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in
all he does."
I am expected to have joy in the midst of pain? The trial I am facing
is a testing of my faith? I am expected to persevere in the suffering
I am facing? Lord, it is just too hard to stand for the healing of my
marriage! You do not know the pain that I have been suffering. You do
not know how difficult this situation is for me. I am tired fighting
this battle. I just cannot go on any longer.
Have you had these feelings of despair and lack of hope? I experienced
these feelings of hopeless many times during the stand for the healing
of my marriage. When I had these feelings however, the Lord gently
guided me on the way I should go. He led me to His Word for comfort
and wisdom in all that he had called me to do.
God hears your cry...
"The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears
attentive to their cry."
God will deliver you...
"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers
them from all their troubles."
God will bless you...
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that
takes refuge in him."
God will meet your every need...
"They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing."
Hearing God's Word is only part of the equation; God requires action
on your part...
"Do not merely listen to the word...do what it says."
The basis for obedience to the Word of God and your marriage vows can
be reduced one basic precept...
"If you love me, you will obey what I command."
May your love for the Lord strengthen you to be the man that God has
called you to be. God will not fail you!
"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice
of your cause like the noonday sun."
Psalm 37:5-6What is God's design for marriage? I believe that God hates divorce and we as women should do all we can toward standing for our marriage. This is a group that through prayer and support from each other we will grow together as God would have us to do.
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