Everything Is Gonna Be All Right!
Years ago, an old violin maker always chose the wood
for his instruments from the north side of the trees because this
was the side the fierce windstorms beat on.
At night, the storms came and the winds blew;
the violin maker could hear the trees groaning
and moaning under the lashing of the storm.
But he did not feel sorry for them.
"They are simply learning to be violins," he said.
Romans 8:28.... and we know that all
things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are called
according to His purpose. Tough times.....we all
have them. The apostle James said
to count it all joy when we fall into divers trials. The Bible
assures us that not only will we have trials,
but we'll have many of them.
Jesus said in the world we will have tribulation,
but to be of good cheer, for He has
overcome the world. How do we handle tough
times? When the cold winds of adversity come and
we are reeling because we do not know what to do, or not do,
what do we do? When in the natural realm we cannot
see how God is working for our good, do we give up?
Or do we stand firm and steadfast
because we are trusting in Him?
First of all, we have to realize that nothing comes into our lives
that is not either divinely sent or permitted. Then we need to
realize that everything that befalls us is first filtered through His
loving Hands. Trials as used in
James is of a beneficial purpose and has a planned effect.
We are assured of God's abiding presence always. In Psalms David is
praising God..... " whither shall I go from
Thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?
If I ascend up into Heaven, Thou art there; if I make
my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of
the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right
hand shall hold me."
God has a plan for each of our lives, and His plans are perfect.
Often we fail to understand things because
we have not really gotten hold of the fact that God
really and truly loves us! His plan is also to conform
us to the image of His Son, Jesus.
1 Peter 1:6-7.....
"wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season,
if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
that the trial of your faith, being much more precious
than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire,
might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the
appearingof Jesus Christ."
Although things may look hopeless in the natural realm,
we must not be moved by that. If we have Jesus,
we can have joy in our trials, for the joy of the Lord
is our strength. We walk by faith, not by sight. If we keep
our focus on Jesus and not the circumstances, we will not
be swayed when strong winds come. We are strong in the
power of His might, when we arm ourselves
with the whole armor of God.
When the storms come, ( and they will ) and the winds blow,
(fiercely at times) we want our God to say of us:
" I'm not feeling sorry for them, they're simply learning
to be my children!"
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