This year is fast coming to a close. As I look back, and reflect on the year, there have been some good times and some trials for all of us. Next week we celebrate the good in a time of Thanksgiving which also makes me think about how I have responded to the trials.
In Romans 8:28 Paul said that “God causes everything to work for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” So does that mean I am to look for the good that comes from my trials or at least look for the lesson God is trying to teach me?
As I read some scripture in the Bible, it is clear that Jesus followers endured many trials and somehow they were able to see them in a positive way. Paul said in Romans 5:3-4, “We rejoice in our sufferings because they produce perseverance and character and hope.” James said, in James 1:2-4, ” [NLT] “When troubles come our way, consider it an opportunity for great joy, for we know when our faith is tested, our endurance has a chance to grow. ” He went on to say that our troubles in life help us become mature spiritually. For sure the trials of our lives will test our faith.
In this time of Thanksgiving, we may not be able to thank God for the trials, but we can thank God that while we are in the trials, we can trust Him to get us through. My prayer for us all is that God will teach us how to depend on Him and not our own strength.
In this season of Thanksgiving, “Keep Spurring each other on to love one another and to do good works for the Lord.” [Hebrews 10: 24]
God bless and see you Sunday.