"Then He said (to Elijah), "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord." And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice."--1 Kings 19:11,12
Going through trials is never fun. At times it feels like the storm is never ending and that it will never subside. When we go through tough times, it becomes very difficult to see beyond the current situation. But life is like a puzzle. When you look at one individual piece, it is hard to envision the finished product. Think about how hard it is to put together that puzzle if you don't have the picture of the final result. Our lives are just like that, except that God is seeing the completed picture of our lives, and he is carefully assembling the pieces.
When we are engulfed in our daily lives, we tend to lose sight of important things. We sometimes lose sight of our relationship with God, and go on about our lives without effectively communicating with him, or relying on him to direct our paths. So as illustrated in the verses above, he will allow the strong winds and earthquakes to come. Then when we are finally on our knees,he will speak to us in that still small voice. Sometimes, we need to be shaken up and broken to hear God's voice and to seek his direction.
Romans 5:3-4 states ,"we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." God allows these trials and tribulations to form character in us, to mold us into better people, and to build more Christ-like traits in us. No matter what happens, we know that God is in control, and that he has only our best in mind.
I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Going through trials or hardship? Lift your eyes toward Heaven, ask the Lord for strength, wisdom and grace. Remember, the Lord wants us to "Be still and know that I am GOD".
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