It does not matter who you are or how much money you have, you will go thru and experience this thing called "Life".
You might go thru a time when you can’t get a job – over qualified, under qualified, ignored, embarrassed, etc… sometimes this happens to you so you can learn to relate to other people and be able to comfort and encourage them when you come out of it. This is that thing called life.
Look at the man in the KJV Bible named 'Job'. He went thru things that would have destroyed a person who didn’t have the faith level that he had. Moses went thru things. Even Jesus went thru things. He wouldn’t be a good mediator if he had never been thru things. He had to be tempted so he could identify what we go thru… and he responded with ‘thus saith the Lord’ or ‘it is written’… He kept his mind right with the Word of God.
You think about the disciples, they all went thru something. Peter even denied Jesus himself and was restored. So in life, people will go thru things, don’t make fun of people. Remember: this too shall pass.
Even Daniel went thru something – a Lion’s den. They passed a law saying it was illegal to pray to God and Daniel bowed down and prayed anyway. So Daniel was thrown in a Lion’s den as punishment, but God sent an angel to keep the lions from eating him!!
Nobody is exempt in this earth from being tested. You can hear about people going thru things and some can’t take it and might even kill themselves, where others are able to make it thru. It helps to go thru the tests with the Word of God to rely on. It makes me stronger when I know that God is on my side even if my friends and the ‘whole world’ turn against me!
Anybody who applies God’s rules and regulations can come out of the tests. I want to come out of the tests, not just to get out, but to come out with God’s favor and in His perfect will. Anyone can do this if they understand the principles of God’s Word and use them.
If I come out of the tests in God’s will, I will come out wiser and better for it. I will be ok. If I just come out of it, without understanding, then it was just a hard time. I want to come out on top!
In all thy getting, get an understanding.
The 3 Hebrew children in Daniel had to go into a fiery furnace and they came out of it, even though the fire was turned up 7 times hotter. But hey, they survived. They had to go thru something.
Everybody you read about has to go thru what I call ‘the fire’ – the tests and trials of life.
Some endure it and some don’t. Don’t look down your nose at others when they go thru their fire. Get a chance to learn and help other people. Look at what they are going thru and give them an encouraging word to help them make it thru.
I learned in church that I can make it!
And to remember: this too shall pass. That’s what it says in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 ‘ to everything there is a time and a season, a purpose’
My true story:
I remember when the Lord was trying to get my attention and I wasn’t listening. I ended up out of work and no matter what I did, I couldn’t find a job. I tried anything and everything and all doors were closed to me. I would go apply at a place that was hiring, with recommendation from people that worked there and I would NOT get the job – but I would see other ‘less qualified’ people get hired on, or see them continue to interview people for months but not give me a chance!
I kept trying to figure it out, frustrated, upset, depressed, crying at times, emotional and unhappy – until I finally calmed down enough to listen to what the Lord was saying to me. I had been praying but I wasn’t listening because I was too upset!!
It wasn’t until I got my mind back on the Lord and got my peace back that I was able to stop fussing, settle down and just listen. Be content with where I was and ‘Let Go and Let God’ lead me. Then I started noticing how He was guiding me and I began to follow Him and began to come out of my situation.
I learned a lot during this time. And I realized that I had judged other people as lazy or doing something wrong or ‘bad’ in some way when they went through tough times like this!! And I realized that I had been totally WRONG to do that!!
Part of life is going thru challenges; Challenges have the power to change us for the better and develop our skills, abilities and talents. Challenges have the ability to position us into places we wouldn’t have willingly gone, in order to receive Blessings we never would have imagined!
I started to realize that tough times were actually good for me – as long as I kept my mind right, kept my thoughts on God’s Word. It wasn’t that Jehovah (God) didn’t love me – in fact it was His Love for me to put me thru this test so I could change my thinking, develop compassion for others, and be willing to share my story and give a comforting word to those in need!
I didn’t see it at the time, but now that I am out of it, I am so glad that He loved me enough to do that!
It really is true that ‘hindsight is 20/20’ – meaning that you can see clearly when you look back on something – see what it was all about, but in the middle of it – you don’t know what is going on!!
With Love Sugar,
Stay tuned for more life lessons and experiences!!