1 Corinthians 10:12-13, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you do not fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
God allows his children to endure a certain amount of trial and tribulation because he is preparing them for an extraordinary outpouring. Do you trust him? Do you give your trial over and pray through?
I know how very frustrating it feels to be taken a few steps back or put at a stand still. It always feels sudden. It makes it real easy to want to give up on the calling given to you. This is when we need to dig in deeper and pray harder.
My family recently moved across country. This isn’t unusual for us. We are no strangers to moving, but this time was different. This time we payed and felt God leading, even though we had no idea the reason. We packed up our belongings and began a new journey.
Do you know how I came to realize that we did exactly what God had planned? I was stripped of all my emotion. Before we moved, I had so much emotion to the point where I cried about everything. Over the top emotion. I would call my close friend and cry because I was crying…again. I hated it. I felt ridiculous, but then Satan stole my emotions and I felt nothing. Not a thing. Weeks of numbness. This was so much worse than too much emotion. I literally felt like a zombie; feeding on only what would keep me alive and reading truth, but no feelings.
I prayed. Oh, how I prayed. I wanted relief. I wanted to cry. I wanted to just smile and it be genuine.
Satan attacked and tried to tear apart my trust, my understanding of a Father who loves me no matter what, and God allowed me to endure this because he was preparing me. What for? I’m not quite sure. What I do know is that I trust God to show me why when He thinks I am ready. I serve Him even in the wait.
There is no person who was more attacked than Job. He had absolutely everything taken from him and yet, he serves God. His family, possessions, health…it was gone. He was angry and hurt because he didn’t do anything to deserve this attack, but God knew his heart and knew that he was the one man who would not buckle under the pressure of what was going to happen to him. God knew what Satan had planned before Satan even presented it to the Lord. God allowed it anyways. He could have stopped it, but Job was made to be an example of a believer who put all his trust in God. When it ended, Job rejoiced in the Lord. God blessed Job’s life with more than what he ever began with. All he lost was restored in abundance.
Now, I am not saying this is always what happens when we come through a trial, but God can. Place your trust in the hands of the Father who knows you better than yourself and see what He has planned because it is good. It is great. It is far better than you can imagine. Blessings are more than just money and possessions. He has a plan in even this.
Are you a time of trial? What is it that you are going through? Do you trust and serve Him in the wait of your life? Do you trust that God has a plan for even this very moment?
Lord, I ask that You will comfort those of us who are walking through a time trial. Be so very present in our time of need that there is no mistaking it is You and only You. Bless the lives of the women who serve You in the wait of their life. With trust we ask this of You, Amen.