02/13/2018

Natalie Widener

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

It is such a constant struggle in this world, dealing with the difficult circumstances in front of us while longing for the peace of Heaven. God’s promise to us in Heaven is there will be no more tears, no pain, and no heartbreak. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I don’t know about you, but when I am going through something painful, I want it to go away as quickly as possible. I have learned that God doesn’t usually move as quickly as we would like. Instead, He uses these opportunities to “grow” us in our faith. As you go through those difficult times, ask God to open you up to what He wants you to learn from the situation. There is always a godly perspective He wants to show us if we’re open to it.

Often times, when I can look back at the situation from a distance and with a fresh perspective, that’s when I can see the blessings. Everything we go through, difficult or not, is an opportunity for us to see the power of God move. When we can look back with a fresh perspective, we can also see how we could handle things differently in the future. We can take the opportunity to try it God’s way the next time the situation arises. I know too often I can get in the way of my own mess. Feelings and emotions can often overtake you if you let them! That’s when you have to reset your focus on God and what is true. As Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5, we have to take “every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.” Take those thoughts about the situation to God and see what He says about them! Our God is so big that we can’t understand His majestic ways! But isn’t that what we need God to be? We don’t want a God we can understand. God’s ways are perfect, even when we don’t like or understand them. The quicker you get at this realization, the quicker you can act appropriately the next time a difficult situation arises.

Keep growing in your faith, and keep allowing God to mold and change your ways to be more like Him. The next time a difficult situation comes along, try to remember God IS in control, and see what you can learn along the way. With this mindset, you are more likely to let God lead the way instead of your own human heart and emotions. He loves us and He is for us!

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.

“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

Isaiah 55:8 NLT