I READ THIS QUOTE the other day, “Nothing tells the story about our maturity like the way we handle our disappointment.” How do you act when going through aversion and disappointment? What words come out of your mouth? What actions? These things reveal what is in you heart. They reveal whom or what your trust is in.
I just finished reading the biography of Bonhoeffer. By eyewitness accounts of his last days, ALL men spoke of his unwavering trust in the Lord and faith to translate him into the kingdom of God right up until the very end of his life and his faithful endurance through Nazi prisons. His last day was preaching a Sunday sermon to prisoners.
What a testimony to the strength of the Lord in our life to endure every kind of affliction with joy. The Lord says something like this to Jeremiah:”If you have raced with men on foot and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? And if [you take to flight] in a land of peace where you feel secure, then what will you do [when you tread the tangled maze of jungle haunted by lions] in the swelling and flooding of the Jordan?” Jeremiah 12:5
Basically, if when you are in a good season, things are going well and you have more than enough and you can’t handle the adversity, then what will you do when the enemy comes in like a flood to destroy? If in times of prosperity you cannot handle adversity, what will you do in times of famine and intense persecution? Trouble and distress come to all of us at some time in this life.
How do you handle it? What words come out of your mouth? Words of faith? Or words of doubt, discouragement, and cursing? Do you fall down in anguish and tremble with fear or rise up in faith and boldness?Proverbs 24:10 “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” If “God is the strength of my life” as King David proclaimed, then why do you faint when trials come? Is God really your strength or have you put trust in your own ability?
What good is it to grumble and complain? These only reveal a heart that not only does not trust God but is not content with the way He provides. A time of trial is coming to reveal your heart and refine your character. How will you respond? Don’t let adversity and disappointment cause you to sin and be down trodden. Be strong in the Lord! Look to Him for refuge so that we might finish our race with joy. Call upon Him, confident that He gives sufficient grace and strength in time of need. He is faithful.“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”Psalms 27:1 NKJV#runyourrace
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