Wednesday, May 30, 2007

In Times of Trouble

I came across a daily online bible message that a friend sent to me quite sometime ago. It brought great comfort and meaning to me. As time goes by we tend to forget the blessings that we get undeservingly and yet when things goes wrong, when we are troubled with sorrow and turmoil in life, we tend to blame God either directly or indirectly without knowing it. Who are we, as God's creation have the right mind to be angry and blamming others in our times of troubles? Sometimes we wait for God to do someting because there is nothings else that we human hands can do. Only God is capable to "turn a MESS into a MESSage", "a TEST into a TESTimony", "a TRIal into a TRIumph", "a VICTim into a VICTor!".

Message taken from YL:

Waiting for God means power to do nothing save under command. This is not lack of power to do anything. Waiting for God needs strength rather than weakness. It is power to do nothing. It is the strength that holds strength in check . It is the strength that prevents the blundering activity which is entirely false and will make true activity impossible when the definite command comes.
--G. Campbell Morgan

If we refer to Isaiah 40:31 says:

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will
soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not go weary,
they will walk
and not be faint.

Message taken from ML:

Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come.

When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages, below the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm, it simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.

When the storms of life come upon us ... and all of us will experience them ... we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief toward God.

The storms do not have to overcome us, we can allow God's power to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure, and disappointment into our lives. We can soar above the storm.

Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.

Message taken from JL:

Not to discourage but truth from His words recorded.
Problems of life cannot be resolve or overcome. Why?
1. If the trials comes because of our own sins, it is the result of it.
2. If the trials is permission of God, is to mold/ sanctification to us.


He did not overcome or solve the mystery. Even at the end of his trials getting double bonus from God, he will never able to forget the the happiness time with his beloved family. Nothing can be replace even the bonuses from God.
He persevere...but he did not overcome or solve the mystery until when he face God.

Romans 5
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

(Notice the word "suffering"... very clear that Christian will go through suffering. Suffering that will never able to understand, getting answer, overcome or resolve. The meaning of perseverance is commitment, patience, endurance.)

What shared from YL quote is true... Power of perseverance to do nothing...
and ML... only if we understand the purpose of storms than life goes on with God.

We usually say "in life, there are ups and downs". But when we are always in the "down" part all the time for a very long time, we tend to forget where we are now. Isn't it? I think it is really very important to remember to point our focus back to the Creator. Then only everything will fall back into placess in their righful timmings and maybe even can be like Job, receiving double bonus....

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