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Don't Waste Your Troubles

Posted September 1, 2021
Don't Waste Your Troubles

Are you wasting your troubles? Any time God allows trials to enter your life, He has a purpose for them. You have an opportunity to squeeze out every ounce of spiritual growth instead of letting difficulties force you into despair and discouragement. A faithful attitude towards God will enable you to respond to trials in a proper way.  The trial that looks as if it could destroy you becomes an instrument of blessing.

The most natural response to adversity is to groan and plead with the Lord to remove it. If that doesn't work, we might get angry or try to find our own way out of the difficulty or pain. Sometimes we resort to blaming others for the trouble. And in truth, someone else might have caused the problem, but ultimately God allowed it. No matter where affliction originates, who is involved, or how evil their intentions, by the time it reaches you, it's been dipped in the Father's love and shaped to accomplish His good purpose. The question is, will you allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life or will you resist?

God wants to use our trials to develop spiritual maturity, but unless you let it do its work, that opportunity will be lost. If we could foresee every benefit the Lord designed our trials to accomplish, maybe we'd be more open to adversity. Although we can't see all the specifics of God's plan, we know that His goal is to use our adversity to supply something we are lacking so that our faith can be more mature and complete. Even though the experience is painful, rest in the Father's comforting arms, and let Him do His perfect work in you.

 "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing!" (James 1:2-4)

Pastor Maske

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