In The Midst Of Trials
Often we contemplate the troubles that we endure daily. We question why things happen to us that do not happen to others. If it is not Satan attacking us, it is our loved ones. We wonder why we follow God instead of Satan because following Satan would stop the trials in our lives. Or so we think.
Our problem lies in the fact that we do not trust our God to see us through. Notice some passages from Psalm 56.
v.2: "My foes have trampled upon me all day long. For they are many who fight proudly against me".
Identifying our foes is a great challenge. Some are obvious and others are stealthy. One thing is for sure, if someone is not trying to help you get to heaven, they are your foe, your enemy, and they are the enemy of Christ.
v.3: "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee".
We should be afraid of anything this world has to offer, because the god of this world, Satan, has plans for you to spend eternity in Hell with him. But if we trust in God, and do God's will, we will be much better off.
v.4: "In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?"
Well, another person may be able to take your life, but God will protect your soul, if you are faithful to God. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to "trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding". We should not fear death and we should not fear man. Our greatest fear should be that we may turn away from God.
v.13: "For Thou hast delivered my soul from death, Indeed my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of the living".
We are are condemned to die because of our sins. Romans 3:23 tells us that "all have sinned and fall short of His glory", and Romans 6:23 tells us that the "wages of sin is death". Yet God sent His Son to die for us, and putting our faith in Christ and belief and trust in God, we can be cleansed of our sins, and spared the spiritual death and eternal death.
God gives us commandments and teaches us that "as long as we do these things, we shall never stumble". This is from 2 Peter 1:10 speaking about the Christian virtues we are to add to our faith.
Our walk with God is to be a lifestyle and behavior that is exemplary among men. One that lets our "light shine so that people will see our good works and glorify God" (Matthew 5:16).
We face many trials in our lives, and they can overwhelm us if we let them. But putting our trust in God will make these trials less significant in our lives. Trust in the Lord.
By Carey Scott

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