Growing through it

It is so easy to miss Gods checks. We often get lost in our own adverse circumstances, spending large quantities of our thought life on how to escape our present hardships. My go to prayer used to be, “God, please take away this difficulty.” But, what I have learned (the hard way), is to pray first, “God please let me learn everything You need to teach me in this season of difficulty.”
When I try to jump ahead of God with quick fixes, with temporary pleasures, to release myself from feelings of discomfort, He just patiently waits for those shallow wells to run dry, and finishes His lesson when I finally, inevitably, get to His classroom.
The only thing more tragic then going through the worst season in your life, is failing to learn the precious, and costly lessons that come with it. Don’t waste a single drop of your pain, put all of it to work for you as God “Strengthens the inner man (and woman)” Ephesians 3:16. We are not made to live pressure free lives. Don’t try and run from this fact, it will it will be waiting for you when you grow to too tired to run any farther. Let peace rule your life, choose peace over worry. Pray for peace in the midst of your storms.
God has allowed this hardship because He dearly loves you, not as some kind of punishment. Receive this as a gift, because that’s exactly what it is.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
I found this on face-book and I pray that you find it as inspiring as I did. May God bless you with His Grace and Peace.
Pastor Jack

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