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Times of Trial

15 Jul

Today God has given me something in Psalm 44, verses 20 through 26, which say,

If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart. Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered. Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever! Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression? For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our belly clings to the ground. Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!

Sometimes in the life of a believer, shockingly enough, bad things do happen. In those times, it can be easy to think that perhaps God has abandoned us, or that perhaps He doesn’t realize quite the extent of the pain we’re in. Of course, He does know exactly the extent of our suffering; He suffered far worse on the cross than anything we’ll endure in this life. Even so, in the moment we tend not to think like that… Normally in times of trials our thoughts tend to become considerably more self-centered. So then, what can help us in times of trials? Can we even be helped?

Yes, of course we can be helped! There is never no hope, that’s a doctrine of the World (and by, “The World,” I’m referring to anyone who is not a believer in Christ), not of God. God always gives us some means of comfort, though frequently that means coming out of our little self-centered bubble. Jesus is both entirely capable and entirely willing to help us, but we can’t simultaneously be constantly bemoaning all the tragedy that has befallen us (which is often more exaggerated in our minds than is really the case), and also accept God’s help. We can’t serve two masters; we either give in to the temptation of the flesh and withdraw into our-self, or we realize that even in the worst of circumstances, God is there with us. Thus the term, “times of trial,” we are being tried by God to see if we’ll hold firm.

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