We can learn to better handle trials and difficult times from today’s Scripture. Jesus is warning Peter of the temptations and difficulties he is about to experience. We learn two things in traversing difficult times and times when
It is so nice to have victories and positive outcomes in our difficult times. We should also be open to God using these difficult times as encouragement or teaching moments for others. Ultimately God’s work in your life is not about you, but about His kingdom. Who can be encouraged or helped by what God has done in your life? Who can be drawn closer to coming into a saving relationship with Christ from seeing the hand of God at work in you? Remember that it is not only in positive outcomes that God can use you in touching another’s life, but also in negative endings. Jesus promised joy… not happiness. Joy is reflective of Christ’s life in you, while happiness is reflective of positive endings to the things of this world. Jesus said in Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (NIV) Life is full of positive and negative outcomes; Jesus is the same no matter the results. Jesus said in Matthew 18:13 that there is more joy in finding one lost sheep, “I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” (NIV) Next time you come out of a difficult time, praise God and ask Him how He wants to use that experience to further His kingdom.
1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (NIV)
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