O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. ~ Psalm 34:8
“It is in the quiet crucible of your personal, private sufferings, that your noblest dreams are born, and God’s greatest gifts are given in compensation for what you’ve been through” is a quote from Wintley Phipps. Profound words of wisdom at the beginning of the video It is Well With My Soul.
We often don’t have control over the things that we suffer in this life. The devastation of a natural disaster… The loss of a loved one… The dishonesty of trusted family and friends… Cynicism and heartaches that shake our world and cause us to weep. Nevertheless, when we’ve done all that we know to do. Remember, we still can change our lives and restore our joy.
We can give all our heavy burdens and fiercest struggles to God. For, when we cast our eyes to the hills from which comes our help, be assured that God can take care of us. Matthew 6:26 tells us to Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Although, God sometimes doesn’t take away the suffering, as we learn from Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9. Nor does God always deliver us… at our first desire. But, He’s always on time with whatever we need. We can have joy despite the suffering or we can have joy without the suffering. It’s all according to God’s plan. In 1 Peter 5:10, we learn that God will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us, by His grace. So, let’s be encouraged, for God is still God, regardless of our circumstances. He’s with us always, on the mountaintop and down in the valley.
God teaches us through the things that we suffer. Not because He wants to know what’s in our heart and on our minds. He already knows our weaknesses and where our treasures are hidden. Suffering teaches us about ourselves. According to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “the ultimate measure of a man [woman] is not where he [she] stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he [she] stands at times of challenge and controversy.” How we behave, when in a struggle is most likely a testament to our faith and trust in God.
For, when we’re in a struggle. Let’s not give up. Let’s keep embracing our faith and hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let’s learn every possible lesson that we can learn, knowing that God wouldn’t leave us or forsake us. He’s guiding us. He’s monitoring our progress and watching as we grow in favor and grace.
As we mature through our struggles, God’s there to reward us with His greatest gifts. Therefore, let’s continue to feast on “broken bread and poured out wine” by trusting in God as our noblest dreams are born.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.