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Truth in Trials

Lacking Spiritual Desire in Trials

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Trials on a Tuesday is a weekly series that focuses on a topic relating to trials, and how we can glorify God in the midst of hard times.

In the midst of my trials, where is my desire for my Creator? That’s what I want to know. Where is my desire for my Creator? The One who satisfies my soul? To this question, I have no answer. I just know that my trials seem to be detouring me. The trial is having the opposite effect. It is supposed to draw me nearer to God. Season of abundant spiritual growth. Ringing any bells, here?

Let’s go back to a few weeks ago.

God cares for you.
God cares for your circumstance.

It is important to remember that God is near to you, dear reader. Scripture reminds us that He is near to the broken hearted. God knows our heart, just as well as He knows our precise circumstances. There is no hiding from our Creator! That can be a good truth to know, and hold onto..

Sharing Your Heart with God

You can share with Him, that you know the desire for Him is lagging.

The truth is – the contents of your heart isn’t going to scare or shock God.

It only requires laying down our pride, so we can bring Him our messy lives. It requires us to admit we are human. Perhaps, more human than we let ourselves believe we are. And the mercies of God step in, at this very moment. Let God be more than enough, for you, and bask in knowing they are made new each morning.

Because He loves you,
Because He cares for you,
Because He showers you with His grace,
we can come to Him pouring out our hearts like a flood.

It’s important that we draw near – even in the midst of trials. In order to draw near to our Creator, we need to remember how much He cares for us and keep our spiritual flame lit. Romans 12:11b says: “[Keep] your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” “The passion for Him, in our lives, needs to keep growing. In our trials, that can be difficult. But our relationship with Christ can likened to that of a marriage.

When the desire lingers on some days, the marriage persists. You still learn to be with them, and love them, and serve them. It needs to be that way with our great Savior who has given up everything to be with us.

If you find yourself shrinking back in your faith or desire to spend time with the Lord, focus on one small gesture that can help you be drawn into His Presence. Praise music, focusing on a Bible verse, going on a small walk to simply be mindful of His presence, or another way to offer up worship.

Keep persevering, my friends. Keep holding to the reward.

Further Reading: Hebrews 10:38-39; James 1:2-4

 

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Prayer

The Gift of Prayer

In this world, we will face hurt. We aren’t exempt from hurt or pain, but we are promised a Healer. His name is Jesus, the Christ! And we have a blessed gift that none can take from us, as believers in Christ Jesus: the gift of communicating with God through prayer. Jesus is our mediator and our way to the Father. We can freely go to the Father, bringing our every care to Him. There are many things weighing us down. Where are we turning?

As we call out to God, asking God and sharing with God our sincere hurt that we face in this world, we need to remember some specific truths.

  • Those who have God’s help are called blessed!
    ‘Happy are those who have the God of Jacob to help them and who depend on the LORD their God (Psalm 146:5, GNB).’ 

  • Our hope is in God alone!
    ‘The psalmist encourages us to put confidence in God. We must hope in the providence of God for all we need as to this life, and in the grace of God for that which is to come. The God of heaven became a man that he might become our salvation… He grants deliverance to captives bound in the chains of sin and Satan… (Matthew Henry Concise Commentary)’
  • The Lord lifts us up!
    ‘What a vast company of these human experience has ever furnished! The burden of care, the weight of responsibility, the crushing power of sorrow,—these are ever at work to recruit the ranks of the bowed down. But it is the Lord’s special office—an office to the fulfillment of which not only the psalmist here, but myriads of God’s people in all ages, bear their testimony, to raise up them that be bowed down (Pulpit Commentary).’
  • He watches over us!
    ‘The Lord preserveth the strangers. God’s goodness leads him not only to protect the righteous, but also to lend his special help to the weak and afflicted classes. “The stranger, the fatherless, and the widow” are constantly mentioned in the Old Testament as peculiar objects of the Divine care… He relieveth the fatherless and widow (Pulpit Commentary).’ 
  • He upholds us!
    ‘[H]e relieveth the fatherless and widow; in their distresses and troubles, who have no helper; a wonderful instance of his relieving a widow, in the most disconsolate circumstances, we have in raising the widow of Nain’s son to life, and restoring him to his mother…[He] will and does come and visit them, relieve and supply them with everything convenient for them; though his church here on earth may seem to be as a widow, he being in heaven at the right hand of God, yet he cares for her in the wilderness, and provides for her support, where she is nourished with the word and ordinances, and will be until he comes again… (Gill’s Commentary)’

Finally, as we remember these key truths, cry out to God – knowing that God reigns! He reigns over all things! He is able to handle all things we face in our lives. He is able to handle all hurts we experience in this life. He is able to handle all the injustices. He is able to handle everything. What is stopping us from bringing it to Him in prayer through faith in His Son Jesus Christ?

See Psalm 146:5, 8b-10