God’s children are not exempt from trials, suffering, sickness, sorrow, downturn, depression, death, trauma and all the like.  What a way to start an encouraging post, right?

The fact is, whether you are saved or lost, God’s child or lost without Christ, you are promised the existence of trials.  The writer said, ”He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45).  Job said, “Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1).  The stuff that life is made of is paradoxical in nature: sickness and health; riches and poverty; happiness and sadness; incline and decline; youth and aging.  If life were a quilt there are many thread colors used in its construction.  

Lee Roberson used to say, “Trouble borne in the spirit of Jesus Christ produces greatness in the life of the believer.”  When I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior the Lord God did not exempt me from difficulties.  As a matter of fact, when the Apostle Paul accepted Christ he was called into a life of suffering for Christ’s sake (Acts 9:15-16, II Corinthians 12:1-10).  Trouble, however, has a different aim for the Christian than it does for the unbeliever.

When trouble approaches the life of the lost it reveals his depraved heart.  It reveals how hopeless he is and how much he needs God.  It reveals his anger, his malice, his wrath, his wicked heart.  His reactions prove that he is the center of his own universe and has not the help of the Almighty to guide him.  However, when trouble comes into the life of a Christian it ought to reveal a new nature working on the inside of that one.  His actions, reactions and emotions are brought under the control of the Holy Spirit as he endures hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (II Timothy 2:3).  God, therefore, can use the Christian’s trials as a testimony of the grace of God at work in the life of the child of God.

It is grace that we need.  The false teacher says, “Well, it you would have enough faith, you could be healed, delivered and made to be rich,” but God’s word says that it is grace that we need [see God’s answer to Paul’s trial in II Corinthians 12].   John Newton said, “‘Tis grace hath brought me safe, thus far, and grace will lead me home.”

Those of us privileged enough to live in Florida learn to love the summer rainstorms. They are awesome in their raw power and refresh the earth.  We learn to love them, in part, because they do not last forever.  They come in as a great storm and leave the sunshine behind.  As a matter of fact, since the laying of the foundations of this world there has never been a storm that did not cease.  Have you ever thought about that?  Since God introduced mankind to rain in Genesis chapter nine there has never been a storm, however ferocious it may have been, that did not cease.  People say, “All good things must come to an end.”  Well, those who know Christ as Savior know that not to be true.

My Savior is good, and He shall never end (Psalm 90).  My salvation is wonderful- it shall never cease to be (John 3:16).  My Bible is a delight- it is forever settled in Heaven (Ps. 119:89).  All good things, those which come from God (James 1:17), shall never cease.

But what about the storm?  Shall it cease?  The answer is simple- it shall cease because Christ Jesus can speak to storms.  In His earthly ministry the Son of man exercised exact control over the elements (Mark 4:39).  He said to the storm, “Peace be still,” and the seas became as glass.  It ought to remind us to stop telling God how big our storms are and start telling our storms how big God is!  He can do all things!

No storm shall last forever, for there is one word you must take with you today- it is the word “through.”

Listen to the words of Isaiah chapter forty-three:

“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

You may be in the fight of your life today, but you are going through.   We are pilgrims on our way to a better land.  We are just passing through.

Paul said, “For our light affliction which is but for a moment, WORKETH FOR US,  a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (II Corinthians 4:17).   I’m glad I am going through…going through with the Lord Jesus.

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