“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
“Why didn’t God help me sooner?”
This is a question that we often ask. And the answer is simple this; it is not God’s will to act on our schedule. His will is to change us through our troubles and cause us to learn lessons from them.
He has promised, “I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you.” (Psalm 91:15)
Which means when we’re in trouble, He will be with us all day and through the night…and afterward He will take us out of it, not battered and bruised, but shiny, glowing, and honourable. But it is only we stop being restless and worried over our problems and have become calm and quiet…that He will say, “It is enough.”
God uses our troubles to teach us precious lessons. Our difficulties are intended to educate us, He regards them not as difficulties but as opportunities.
It is said that “When God tests you, it is a good time to test Him by putting His promises to the test and then claiming from Him exactly what your trials have made necessary.”
So in that sense, there are two ways of getting out of a trial. One is simply to try to get rid of the trial, and then to be thankful when it is over. The other and better way is to recognize the trial as a challenge from God and to accept it with delight as an opportunity of receiving a greater measure of God’s blessings.
In this way, even the Adversary becomes a help to us. And all the things that seem to be against us turn out to assist us along our way. Surely this is what is meant by the words “…in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
It is my prayer today, that rather than simply getting OUT of our troubled times not having learned anything…let’s go deeper IN…and retrieve the full measure of His blessing that is due us…amen!