Words Of Encouragement (Weekend Edition)

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it…” (1 Cor. 10:13).

Life happens. There is no way around it. We cannot avoid it. With life, comes situations that, to the human eye, appear to be much larger than they really are. While we are in the middle of “going through”, we cannot see anything other than what we are going through. Does it have to be this way? Not at all.

This image depicts how we view life’s storms prior to deciding to trust in God’s power and providence.

In these moments, God welcomes us to “trust in Him” instead of “leaning to our own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). He reminds us that He knows what we are facing, and is available to strengthen us as He guides us through the storms of life. In our humanity, our trials seems overwhelming. This is where our enemy wants us to remain. However, when we begin to look at the same situation through the lens of faith, our God is much greater (1 Jn. 4:4).

This is where God desires for us to focus our attention. Once we turn our eyes to Him and surrender to Him wholly, our vision becomes more clearer. He teaches us that purpose can be found in the midst of the storm. So our prayers begin to align with His purpose and we no longer ask Him to take us out of the storm. Our prayer requests become centered upon His power and we begin to ask Him to give us the grace to endure the storm instead.

In the final analysis of things, we may start out with the weight of the world on our shoulders, but this is not where it ends. As long as God is traveling alongside us on this journey, we will be able to overcome each situation. Remember, it is “…not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit…” (Zech. 4:6).


Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”

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