To Solomon: Thanks for writing , Mr. Davies! This was an incredible timely post for me to read, and I’m sure it will be encouraging to others.
To the readers, enjoy:
We go through adversity facing our adversary the devil; but when we grow through our adversity, we glorify our Father in heaven. Jesus once said in “John 16:33” that we would have troubles in the world, but to take courage and have peace in Him, knowing He overcame the world. Believing this sets you in a place in Christ to fight “from” victory and not “for” victory.
God doesn’t create evil but can use it for His character development in us and His best for our lives. He allows the enemy to send fire our way, but refines us through it. Reminded by three men in scriptures thrown in the fire for their faith. The enemies plan to see them burnt to death would fail and God would reveal Himself to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in that same fire. So is the case for us, we often come to know God and see How close He is to us while we are experiencing hell on earth. I love David’s perspective about his sufferings…he understood they were needed trials that brought him closer to God – Psalm 119:71.
Too often while we are experiencing trials, we ask God ”Why me” forgetting He is with us. He is always answering our questions with a question….Do you trust me? If the answer is yes then nothing else should matter knowing He is working our stories out together for good. The Bible does not say all things are good, but does encourage us in “Romans 8:28” that all things will work together for the good of those that trust God and are called according to His purpose.
If Jesus comes through and meets your need instantly, praise him. If you are still waiting for your need or breakthrough to be met, trust him. If you don’t see what you are praying for then ask God to show you how He is answering your prayers in ways you may not understand. He has said if any of us lack wisdom we should ask Him for wisdom. If you are a person experiencing FIRE right now…. going through a difficult period, know God is:
F-or you! You can always run to Him (Matthew 11:28)
I-n the trial with you! He comes to us and never leaves (John 14:18).
R-efining you while you go through the fire (1 Peter 1:7).
E-nlarging you for greater things in Him (1 Chronicles 4:10).
Growing through adversity is never as easy as it sounds. God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise and has assured strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. If God has brought you to it, He will bring you through it. Lay claim to the nearness of God….Remember there are many promises in the Bible where God says He is always with us and will never leave us. We may lose the sense of His Presence but He is always there. It is important to know that God is near no matter our mood or circumstance.
~ Solomon Davies.