Good Afternoon! I hope your Thursday is going well. My daughter is home from school, recovering from the stomach flu. She is back to normal today, but 24 hours without a fever. She gets one more day to recover.
This morning, we read the March 5 devotional from Sarah Young’s book, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids. It said to make friends with your problems. I appreciate the positive attitude. When I am lost in my worries and problems, it is very hard to see a way out. All these emotions are attached to my problems: worry, doubt, fears, sadness. I feel out of control. And that is the point to focus on. God can be in control. I can give my problems to God and trust that God will turn my problems into something good.
I remember some of the worst times of my life. When I tried to fix my problems, they snowballed into avalanches. The waiting felt like an eternity. When I released control and prayed, everything turned out well. It was not overnight. A new job took 7 months. Having a baby took 6 years.
We can rejoice in the hope and glory of God. We can have peace with God through Jesus Christ. We can treat ourselves and others with grace. We can have glory during our tribulations. How can we be happy during severe sufferings? We can pray and God will give us peace. We can have faith that our problems will teach us perseverance. Our perseverance will give us character. Our character will give us hope. And, hope will carry us though our problems. The Holy Spirt will fill our hearts with the love of God.
Faith Triumphs in Trouble
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
–Romans 5:1-5 (NKJV)
I have been through hard times without trusting in God. I have been though hard times and trusted in God. From my experience, it is easier to realize I can’t get through my problems alone. When I trust in God, God gives my heart hope and peace and carries me through my problems. Right now, I still have problems that I have no idea how to solve. I clear my mind and listen. I trust that God is going to guide my steps.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
–Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)
If I have faith, God will reveal each step on my journey. It can be hard to start a journey having no idea where I will end up. If I trust in God, I know it will be the perfect place for me.
Have a great day. I pray that any problems you have, will turn into remarkable blessings.