For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
At one point or another, we face trials. It seems that, in a Christian's life, problems will forever be a constant. As much as trials can be an undesirable thing for us all, God reminds us that in times of deepest trouble we can still put our faith in Jesus, knowing He has already won the battle. I know this is easier said then done. I fail so often.
We are currently in a sermons series here at StoneBridge called “Stay Positive”. Pastor Jason reminded us of Paul in the book of Acts, chapter sixteen. Paul and Silas were in jail, and in the midst of their “trouble” (verse 25) “Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God.” As a result of their resolve to praise Him in a truly hard time, miracles happened. They were a witness to the other prisoners. They were instrumental in the salvation of the Jailer, who as a result, surrendered his life to Jesus. I needed to be reminded that in the midst of my trials and troubles, I need to praise Him. He deserves my praise but also through this, I not only allow God to comfort me and lead me through the storms of life, but I ensure to not destroy my witness to those who have yet to surrender their lives to Christ. People are watching you and listening to you. They are paying attention to how you respond to “trouble”.
Whatever challenge you're going through now, always remember that you're on the same boat as Jesus. And though it may sometimes feel like He doesn't care because He seems to be fast "asleep" (Mark 4:38), know that He has the power to calm the storm and, if we put our trust in Him, we will never be overtaken by the storms of life.
Often the most natural way we respond to problems is to worry, doubt, fight, get angry or fear. Who in their right mind would thank God in the middle of turmoil? But in times of great testing, remember that there is always something to be thankful for and that in the right time we will come out by God's grace and we will come out stronger. I need to be reminded of this daily.
Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church