Think It Not Strange

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I had been spending months in prayer, confessing God’s word daily, and opening myself up to Him in ways I never had before.  I felt so close to God.  Then, out of nowhere, things began to happen that rocked my life and shook me to my core.  All within months, my infant son was hospitalized and was close to death, and my family was faced with difficult circumstances back to back.  I thought to myself, “what in the world is going on?  Lord, why is this happening to me?”  I knew that God loved me and wouldn’t allow any more on me then I could bear, but this felt like more than I could bear.  It was the most difficult time in my life.  It seemed strange and foreign to me, but God saw me through it.  Whenever you are faced with trials and it seems as though bombs are being dropped on your life, one after another, don’t think that something is wrong with you.  Attacks from the enemy, tribulation, and afflictions are not always an indicator that you are doing something wrong, but that you are doing something right.  People may have come against you, you may be experiencing opposition on your job, you may have lost your house, or you may be in the hospital with a sick child.  In this, know that trials come to prove that God is real and that He really does live in you.  It would be unjust of God to allow a storm in your life just to see if you remain strong in the midst of it.  No, God doesn’t need to test you in that way.  If He allows the storm, it’s because He knows that you will stand up in the midst of it.  So don’t think it strange.  Hold your ground.  Stand strong.  Know that God is right there with you, and He is holding your hand.  He will see you through it.  Although the storm and trial may shake you to your core, you will not break.  Your faith in Him will be strengthened, He will be glorified, and you will have a great testimony to share with others!

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:12-13 (NKJV)

Father God,
No more will I question why You allow trials in my life.  I understand now that You allow them in order to demonstrate Your power.  You love me and You always have my best at heart.  You are just and righteous.  I trust that whatever You allow to take place in my life, You will use it for Your ultimate glory.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A sincere thank you to our Daughters of the King Daily Devotional Writers.

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