A wise friend of mine tells me that trials and tribulations usually disguise themseleves as being about little stuff like money, occupation, health, or relationships. When, in reality, these tough times show up as a test of your faith. James wrote a sentence in the bible that agrees with my wise friend:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)I'm determined pass this test. Satan is a liar. He has manifested his presence in places I least expected, but nevertheless he is a liar. And God always wins. Always. David Crowder wrote a song about this ... he said "We've already WON, and you don't have a chance. The Battle is DONE, and you don't have a chance." Amen, Crowder. Amen, Jesus.
It's been a rough week. I'm encouraged by these words:
I am pressed, but not crushed
Persecuted, not abandoned
Struck down, but not destroyed
I am Blessed beyond this curse
for His promise will endure
And His joy's going to be my strength
Though the sorrow may last for the night,
His joy comes with the morning!