Text: John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The above Bible passage clearly makes us aware that trials and tribulations are nothing new. In fact our strength and faith in God are better demonstrated in times of adversity. It is easy to praise and be thankful to God when things are going on well with you. The kids are in health, you got that promotion and increase at work, you bought your house, and your marriage has less drama. Does God not deserve our praise and thanks also when we are afflicted and our life seems to be on the downhill? Scripture tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.
I personally believe God’s glory is seen more in our afflictions than in good times. Our confidence therefore should be in the God who has overcome all things.
In the desert and in the wilderness, God’s providence, protection and grace were clearly seen. God fed the Israelites with Manna when they could not feed themselves. When they were thirsty God gave them water to drink. The Israelites only saw the Glory of God mostly in their brokenness.
In this period of Lent, may we be encouraged to trust God even in our adversities, knowing that God is always with us and will never forsake us. May The Good Lord open our eyes to see His glory in our difficult moments so that our faith will be increased and strengthened in our Creator.
Reflection: What challenges are you going through? How can God be glorified in your situation?
Reading: John 16:1-33: Proverbs 3:1-10
Submitted by: Emmanuel Oppong
New Life International UMC