Journal Entry ~ 11/08/19

9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. 10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.  - Psalm 25:9-10

Humility is such a hard thing to get our heads around, so let’s define it well:  A humble attitude is the opposite of an anxious attitude. They cannot co-exist. As I mentioned earlier this week, anxiety about the future is a form of pride, and it's in direct disobedience to our King when we struggle with fear. The Lord is the one who comforts us, who promises to take care of us. So our fear means that we do not trust Him.

Trust He has you exactly where He wants you right now so that He can lead you and teach you His ways. 

I remember the first time I learned this - that the Lord disciplines the ones He loves - it forever changed my perspective of trials. When life is hard, it’s for a purpose. Trials and difficult times in the life of a Christian are an opportunity to find out how big God is.  A trial is a painful circumstance allowed by God to change my conduct and my character.  Trials are about what God wants to adjust in the actions we choose, and what He is working in our character to help us choose those actions. And as one of God’s children, we can expect that we will go through trials because The Lord disciples the ones He a father disciplines his child. 

It's easy to go to a place of thinking that this trial isn't fair or how could God allow something like this happen to me if He loves me?  I began to understand He allows it because He loves me. Through these trials, He has drawn me closer to Him, and is transforming me to be more like Him. I know I still have so far to go, so I know there will be more chastising, but I have learned to see trials as God's opportunity to show His glory. He shows up in some pretty amazing ways.  

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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