Journal Entry ~ 02/24/19
18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. - Psalm 34:18-19
We are also reminded in 1 Peter 1 that we endure trials so that our faith would be tested and grown. Grieve, trial, test - these are the 3 words he uses to describe what He is doing in our lives. When we first come to Christ, we are like a metal ore, that needs to be boiled down, and changed to be made into a beautiful gem. He is refining us slowly, but beautifully through our trials - growing us in understanding, in trust, in love and compassion for others, in our ability to glorify Him. God will take us to places in our trials we never intended to go in order to produce in us what we cannot achieve on our own. We need to be comfortable encouraging one another in the uncomfortable-ness of life.
If you are God's child and you are suffering, then you need to trust that you are getting exactly what you prayed for - your sanctification. Or your loved ones are getting exactly what you've prayed for - their salvation or sanctification.
Our prayer requests should never be to rescue our loved ones from their trials until they are God's child, but only, always they they see Christ in their trials. That's hard. Our instinct is to rescue them, and to pray they are relieved from their trial - especially if they are our own children, but if they have not yet accept Christ as their Savior, we can be confident the trial they are enduring is for one purpose - that they may come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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