No one wants to go through rough times. Given the choice, they’d prefer to run like a well-oiled machine every day.
For Christians, especially, our lives are like an emotional roller coaster; one day things are great, and the next it seems as if all hell has broken loose.
“BRIGHT SIDE? KMT!”
Believe it or not, there is a bright side to every trial you are experiencing. Yes, I know, some readers are rolling their eyes and wondering if I’ve knocked my head. “Bright side? Kiss me teeth (KMT)! How can there be a bright side to this mess?”
Just think of the many inspiring stories you’ve read about other Christians who’ve gone through the fire. Their testimonies have given you the courage to hold on. Imagine what you would be robbing your friends and all who are within your reach of: your powerful testimony of how you overcame.
No mess for the present time is ever nice…but on the positive side, how can you testify about God’s grace and compassion if you’ve never found yourself in a jam from which you needed to be rescued?
How can you testify about God’s miraculous healing powers if you’ve never been sick? How can you tell others how God can heal a broken spirit if you’ve never been depressed?
The list could go on and on about God’s grace and goodness, but rest assured, no matter what you are facing, you can make it a beautiful testimony.
DIFFERENT SITUATIONS, SAME SOLUTION
I don’t know what you are facing right now, but I do know what it is to be in a situation that is so overwhelming that I often wonder if God has turned His back on me. Sometimes it feels as if my prayers are going nowhere, the pain seems overwhelming, and I wonder if my time in the wilderness is ever going to end. But guess what? The sun does shine again!
You could be going crazy right now trying to figure how you’re going to pay your overdue bills. You may be facing an illness that the doctors can offer you no hope for, or you could be at the end of your rope trying to decipher your next move in order to survive.
My friend, the situation may be different for you, but the Solution never changes—Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
Just as He rescued Daniel from the lion’s den, saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of the fiery furnace, and raised Lazarus from the dead, He can do the same for you.
Read Hebrews 11 and see the many victorious stories of saints who, through faith in God, managed to accomplish great victories.
Get back into the battle and face your situation head-on, and when you have come through, remember to strengthen your brothers with your testimony, then get ready to fight again!