There are times when life gets the best of us and we just want to throw in the towel. Sometimes our circumstances just seem to never end or get better. Everything that happens in life happens for a reason. James 1:2-3 states that our trials are meant to test our patience, bring us into perfection, and to help us grow spiritually. Today’s scripture shows that the Psalmist is going through a very trying time, but the key is he is walking “through” it. He did not say that he was stuck in it, but because He is focused on God, he knows that with God, the only option is to get through it victoriously. We have a tendency to say, “I’m going through it right now,” but if Jesus is on your side, thank God you’re going through with Him. Just imagine people who do not have Jesus on their side. They’re in their mess without Him, if they make it out at all. God will always be with us and guide us through anything that we encounter. His Word and His promises are our comfort. We can be happy in the midst of turmoil because God is our refuge.
Every negative situation that comes your way should be used as a spiritual lesson. You should take your mind off the problem and ask God what is there to be learned from it—what is the treasure in this trial. The devil will try to make you believe that God is using the situation to hurt you and to make you feel as if He’s forsaken you, but that’s when you talk back to him saying, “This too shall pass. God is on my side and He is working everything out for my good.” This will surely stop the devil in his tracks because he’s used to negative reactions to unpleasant situations, not spiritual ones.
When you get victory over the situation you will look back and see that the time you spent in it is nothing compared to the glory and victory you have because of it. Don’t ask God “why is this happening to me?” but rather ask, “Lord what do you want me to get out of the situation.” When you focus on God rather than the problem, it makes the time of the trial go by so much faster and you’ll have so much peace that passes human understanding. Remember that the only way out is to go through, so go through with joy and peace knowing that God is working it out for your good.
Meditation Scripture (s):
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. Romans 8:18 TLB
These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won’t last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God’s richest blessing upon us forever and ever! 2 Corinthians 4:17 TLB