In the last series, we discovered how to confront troubles we get into for doing nothing God’s way. We learned God has promised to reward diligent seekers of His will. Therefore, even when we don’t understand what He’s doing we must not cast away our confidence in Him. God will visit us at the right time.
Today, we’ll learn two benefits of troubles we get into for doing nothing (if we confront them God’s way).
When we’re proactive for God’s sake and bear responsibility, we can learn to make proper use of our failures and weaknesses. God will, in turn, reveal His mysteries to us. Failures and weaknesses cause us to be humble, they instigate sincere inquiry. The whole process enhances our relationship with the Father, we learn more about Him and desire more of His presence in our lives.
After opening her womb, Hannah testified ‘‘My heart rejoices in the Lord, My horn is exalted in the Lord, I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation’’ (1 Samuel 2:1 NKJV). After Joseph became second in command in Egypt and saw his family once again, his relationship and trust in God were stronger than before. He told his brothers ‘‘God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance’’ (Genesis 45:7 NKJV).
Humans are full of boasting. Many times we fail to give God all the glory. Most of us harbor an illusionary belief that a perfect Christian life is void of suffering. So we desire material prosperity and long to follow the ways of the worldly.
These troubles come into our lives to remind us we live by grace through faith in Jesus. More importantly, we learn contentment and understand we need to be patient. We endure what it takes for God to be glorified in our lives.
There’s nothing of our own we can do to please God. ‘‘But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’’ (Romans 5:8 NKJV). Joseph’s brothers sold him to unknown people, his master wrongfully accused him and put in prison. He suffered in a far country, away from his family. But he was patient in his sufferings, continued to serve God and endured. He developed spiritually and received supernatural blessing from God.
The writer of Hebrews sums it all well: ‘‘Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise’’ (Hebrews 10:36 NKJV).
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