I thought the Christian life was going to be easier than this. Have these words ever
entered your mind? Sometimes we come into the family of God thinking that our
heavenly Father will fix all our problems and devote Himself to our happiness and
comfort. However, that is not the reality portrayed in Scripture.
Paul was a man whom the Lord used greatly, and yet his life was anything but easy.
In fact, at one point, the apostle thought his pain was too much to bear, and he
begged God to remove it. There’s nothing wrong with asking the Lord to relieve
our suffering, but what should our response be if He doesn't? Paul probably had
no idea that His experience would find its way into the Bible, to comfort and guide
believers throughout the ages. The promise God gave him applies
to us as well: “My grace is sufficient for you” (v. 9).
God’s grace could be defined as His provision for us at the point of our need.
The problem is that sometimes it doesn’t seem as if the Lord truly is meeting
our need. But He frequently sees deficiencies, outcomes, and complications
that we don’t. His goals for us involve spiritual growth, the development of
Christlike character, and strong faith. And trials play a vital role in achieving
The important issue is how we respond. If all you want is relief, you could
descend into anger and doubt. But if your desire is to become the person
God wants you to be, you’ll see each trial as an opportunity for Christ to display
His character and strength in you. ~Charles Stanley
Thursday, November 17, 2011
When God says "no"
I am sharing In Touch with Charles Stanley this morning because the subject is so pertinent and can be applied to all of our lives! When God says NO, how do we respond?? This article touched my heart for sure as I keep praying for a cure for my husband or at the least, for his pain to lessen...