Bi-vocational Small Church Ministry Coordinator

    

“. . . Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”    (1 John 4:4)

 

     With all the things that have been happening in our world lately, more folks are experiencing troubles and difficulties than I can ever remember (many of these are good Christian folks), and they, like almost everyone else are wondering, “Why?” 

       I think most of us would agree that when trials and troubles come our way, we wonder why.  Why is this happening to me?  Why is God allowing this to happen to us?  Why, when things have been going so well, are all these difficulties suddenly coming my way? And, the questions go on and on.

     Many opinions have been offered about this question of  “Why?”  Some would say that we are being tested by God to see if we will remain faithful to Him in spite of our difficulties.  Others would say that we are being attacked by Satan in an effort to get us discouraged and tempted to turn away from God.  Still others would suggest that we need difficulties in our Christian lives because if things are going too smoothly, we aren’t doing enough for God to upset the Devil. Regardless of the response, the question of “Why?” is still there.

     Through the years, I have had to deal with many things in my life that I did not understand.  In fact, I still don’t understand some of them.  But, I have come to look at things from a different perspective, one that has helped me learn to better deal with difficulty. This was a beneficial lesson for me and I hope for you.

     I once found myself in a situation that I just could not understand why this was happening to me. In all honesty, I had reached the place that I was rapidly becoming a victim of depression. This difficulty

engulfed me to the point of taking up most of my time and energy worrying about it. I had little time for anyone or anything else.  All I wanted was to be left alone with my problem.  I was having a real “pity party” and saw little hope for the solution of my problem.  I was a hostage to the question of “Why?”

      I don’t know what might have happened had I not come to the realization one day that I was in a

situation that I personally could do nothing about.  I am so thankful that the still small voice of God had not been completely stifled and that He said to me, “You can’t change this, but I can.”   I was again reminded that “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” I had to accept the fact that in spite of my difficulties, God was still on the throne, He was aware of my circumstances, He still loved me, and He cared for me even though my circumstances might seem to indicate otherwise.  I also came to understand that God was teaching me something in this process.

One of the lessons I learned was my need of total dependence upon Him. No matter what circumstances may indicate, God is in control.  I learned to trust verses like Romans 8:28 and  Proverbs 3:5-6.   Perhaps the greatest lesson I learned was not to ask, “Why?” in the midst of my difficulties, but to ask, “What?”  What is God doing or trying to teach me in this process?

     Could I ask you to try this yourself?  Instead of asking, “Why?”, ask, “What?”.   Difficulties will become much easier to handle when you do this.   Since God is God and He is in control, why He is doing something or allowing something to happen is His business, not ours.  We should be asking Him to show us what He is doing and how we are to be impacted by it and what we are to learn through it?  Life will be much happier and simpler as we learn to do this. 

Troubles and trials are not going to go away, they will always be around, neither are they going to be any easier to bear, but we learn through the experience that God’s got this and with His help we can make it through.  Someone has said, “Earthquakes and storms and life’s difficulties are God’s way of reminding us that we don’t have everything under control, BUT He does.”   I’m glad He does!  How about you?

Please continue praying with us for revival and spiritual awakening in our land.

 

 

Working Together in His Service,

Roy   Pr. 3:5-6