Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 11, 2017

Holding On Tight To Our Faithful God

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” I Peter 5:10

No one is exempt from suffering.  Even the pretty lady stylishly dressed sitting next to us.  Even the one who always has laughter on her lips and a smile on her face.  Even the sweet one with the seemingly perfect life.  Even the woman in the big house with three cars in the garage. We all experience heartbreak and broken dreams.  Suffering is not prejudice or selective  – it touches us all.  No one is immune from the devastating wake that suffering births,  but we  are destined for His glory even in the face of insurmountable challenges.

Sounds ever so easy and pretty for glory to shine in our hard places. But suffering isn’t easy and definitely not pretty.  It’s never our choice to suffer.  It never hits our list of things to do.  Regardless difficult moments touch our lives and rivet us to our core.  It shakes our foundation.  Rocks our beliefs, and even draws up deep questions.

One of suffering’s strongest pulls is to drift us further and further away from God.  When life becomes unbearable, we often isolate from others.  Consumed with life, we zero in on all that is wrong and often forget God’s words.  Pulling away from friends, church and family, we quickly find ourselves in a downward spiral of despair and hopelessness.

Love the way God welcomes our doubts, fears and wonderings.  Love the gentleness of our Mighty God who uses teachable moments to spur us on to greater growth.  Love His sweet promises that rise up to the surface and catch our eye. Grateful for friends who give us space, yet keep us engaged.  Thankful for words of encouragement, texts and cards that lift our spirits.  And the greater glory – well, that sweet friend is found when despite our circumstances, we hold on tight to our faithful God.  We  seize opportunities to share our journeys through suffering so others won’t give up.  We stretch outside of ourselves and reach toward the bigger picture. We never lose sight of God’s promise to restore, confirm, strengthen and establish us. Keeping it real – we admit our struggles without giving up on our God.  Simply put, we shine the light back on Him and off our circumstances giving the greater glory to the One who carries us through.

 

“Sweet Jesus suffering is not our desire, but we embrace our hard places and entrust them to You knowing You will never leave us nor forsake us.”

 

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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