I don't believe there is a person alive that wouldn't rather go through life trouble-free. Who wouldn't want to have their joy full at all times, health at its best, finances full to overflowing, relationships blessed and their hearts filled with peace? Everyone would say yes to this scenario, but would it be to our benefit? I believe the answer is no. I believe when we go through struggles and hardships, setbacks and disappointments, we learn from those difficult experiences what the easy times could never teach. We learn resolve, we learn perseverance, we become strengthened and our will becomes unwavering. We gain more character in the tough times than we ever can in the fun and easy times. And after we overcome any difficulty, we become better, wiser and stronger than we were before it. (John 16:33) (Job 23:10)
No matter what you are currently going through, I want you to know that it will be to your benefit in the end. Don't look at the darkness and complain about it, but rather go through it with a quiet confidence knowing that good will come from it. It serves you no purpose to have a pity party in the midst of a struggle because if you have the proper perspective, you will see with eyes of faith and you will know that the struggle isn't meant to bring you to your end, but rather it is preparing you for your new beginning. Don't worry about the darkness, don't fear the raging storms, don't feel like giving up because the challenge seems too great, but rather dig your heels in and have an assured knowing that your latter end will be much greater and glorious than your former beginnings. (Romans 8:28) (Luke 12:25-28)
Walk like a Victor, act like a Victor, believe like a Victor and above all else trust that God's plan for your life is better than you can ever think or imagine. Walk in God's statutes, follow God's commands, believe God's Word and you will see the miraculous take place in your life.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to know that every struggle, setback and heartache will serve a purpose to elevate your life in the end.
HARD WON WISDOM
Theodore Levitt, of the Harvard Business School, said, “Experience comes from what we have done. Wisdom comes from what we have done badly.” Theodore Levitt sounds like a wise person. I wonder what he's done badly.
Based on his reasoning, I must be bursting with wisdom. Over the years, I've racked up an impressive number of things that haven't gone too well.
But put another way, wisdom is what the school of life gives us with every poor report card. Wisdom is hard won, and it is often birthed in the ashes of failure.
One man tells of meeting one of the truly “wise” ones among us on a flight to Florida. He was preparing his notes for a parent-education seminar he was to conduct there. Bessie, an older woman sitting next to him, explained that she was returning home after having spent two weeks visiting her six children, 18 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Then she asked him what he did for a living. The man explained that he was a psychologist specializing in children. He dreaded telling her this, as he fully expected her to probe him for free professional advice during the three-hour flight. But not this wise woman. Instead, she sat back, picked up a magazine and said, “So doctor, if there's anything you want to know, just ask me.”
Bessie's years of parenting and grand-parenting gave her what no professional degrees could – it gave her hard won wisdom. Much of what she knew about children could only be learned through experience, including experiences of failure.
I really don't worry about the things I've done badly. If I paid attention to what went wrong and why, then even my most spectacular failures gave something priceless back – they taught valuable lessons. Sometimes wisdom can't be gotten any other way.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 34:17-19 “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is Everlasting Strength.”
Psalm 37:23-27 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: WHEN JESUS LOOKS
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Today's Selected Testimony: OUT OF DARKNESS
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry