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When you find yourself in the middle of trials and tribulations, the best place to look for wisdom and advice is – you guessed it – the Bible…filled with God’s promises for YOU, during both good times and bad!
Like it or not, trials are just part of life. We all must weather various ordeals, whether we are young or old, rich or poor, smart or dumb. We have all faced horrific trials in the past… and will face more in the future. That’s just how life works. In fact, in I Peter it says we should not be surprised by the trials we face, as if something strange were happening to us!
Personally, I believe we bring a lot of hardships on ourselves, either through sin, disobedience, unbelief, worry, fear – which are actually all sins. However, our Father in heaven has given us incredible wisdom to aid us as we endure trials, to avoid unnecessary trials (the ones we bring on ourselves), and to actually be strengthened through our trials.
Take the Ten Commandments, for example. Think of the Ten Commandments as a guide designed to assist you, protect you and guide you onto the right path. It’s not simply a checklist of rules we have to obey, “or else…”
When we obey them, we stay out of trouble and away from the things that could cause us problems. When we follow them, we do not provoke our Father and the possible consequences; instead we welcome His blessings by honoring our Father, the God of Israel, with obedience. God didn’t simply give us the Ten Commandments to be some kind of cosmic control-freak! He gave them to you because He loves you and He wants to protect you! It’s for your own good!
When you find yourself in the middle of trials and tribulations, the best place to look for wisdom and advice is – you guessed it – the Bible! Like I said, God has all kinds of strategies to help you. Today we’re going to focus on what to do when trying times hit.
The Bible is filled with His promises… all for you, during both good times and bad!
Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Psalm 29:11 “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”
Psalm 37:39 “But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in time of trouble.”
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”
Psalm 61:3 “For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.”
Psalm 118:14 “The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.”
My friend, no matter what you’re going through today, I encourage you to keep seeking your Father. He loves you, He adores you, He wants to bless you, He wants to see you succeed. And He wants to strengthen you through whatever trial you face today.
Now, think of someone you know who needs to hear this message today. Every single person in your life, whether you have known them for 5 minutes or 50 years, has gone through, currently faces, or will soon encounter, a trial of some kind. So would you take a minute to bless someone by sharing this message? It could be the hope and encouragement someone desperately needs today! And please bless me with your feedback below… every word you write feeds my spirit and soul.
Then, be sure to tune in for my weekly Spiritual Equipping episode of The Dani Johnson Show today for more biblical insights and inspiration. You can find the show on your TV and radio and please remember you can always stream today’s show right here on our website.
In great faith,
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