THE GOOD GIFT
Which one of us, would not give good gifts to his children?
How much more, will the Father give good gifts to us, His children?*
*In Matthew Chapter 10, Jesus is outlining the generosity, the affection and the trustworthiness of Father God.
The Book of Job shows us that God can allow pain and suffering, which reveals our character and our faithfulness towards Him.
Jesus died on a cross, deserving none of the pain and mocking that he received.
Scripture is full of injustice and suffering, and yet, when we experience suffering, how rare is it that we celebrate it.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1:2-3, NKJV, Bible Gateway)
While existing in the Tunnel is uncomfortable, a turn of our minds will help us. To realize the benefit of our spiritual growth and the joy that will come from it can take us through any trial.
I believe in spiritual warfare. I believe there are demons and angels in the heavenly realms. I believe God hears our prayers and uses them to change circumstances in the earth.
But I also believe that we face ordeals, from time to time, as a necessary experience to our growth in character. Perseverance does not come from sitting, but from climbing a mountain or navigating turbulent waters. Wisdom does not come from reading, but from living and from experiencing life in all of its joys and sorrows.
In the sovereignty of God, we can warfare against difficulties, but let’s not miss the truth that nothing comes to us that is not within God’s will and nothing is wasted when we live a life of prayer, trust and hope. God is sovereign. God is good. That does not mean that life will always be fair. It does mean that life will always be right. In the end, Jesus rose from the dead, and in the end, we too will always have victory.
Whenever we must travel through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4), be it the end of a dream or the end of a life, we can know that God is at the center, loving, guiding, caring for us. Even in pain there is hope. Joy always comes ‘in the morning’ (Psalm 30:5).