Saturday, August 2, 2014

God’s Great Hand at Work

God’s Great Hand at Work

The trials, struggles, hardships and disappointments that we go through are not a punishment from God, but they are allowed in our lives to test our faith, trust and love for Him and Peter reveals just how precious are faith is to God in 1 Peter 1:7 (NLT) “These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold -- and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So, if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

He is the Author of our story. We may not like how the story turns out, but we realize it is a story that reveals a greater good a greater purpose as the apostle Paul enlightens us in Romans 8:28 (KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” But he never gives us more than we can handle as in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

We will go through periods of rough times of grief, but in the end we will discover the triumphant hand of God at work. Just as in John 11:17 when Mary and Martha waited for four days for Jesus to come and heal Lazurus and then anguished over Lazarus death, God’s great hand was at work to reveal a greater purpose and to bring God the glory. John 11:4 (NLT) “But when Jesus heard about it he said, "Lazarus's sickness will not end in death. No, it is for the glory of God. I, the Son of God, will receive glory from this.” Jesus performed his greatest miracle and brought the one he loved back from the dead. Hearts were resurrected and made anew. The disciples and people then truly believed he was the promise foretold, the Messiah, the Son of God.

Without the trials and difficulties that we go through, our Christian walk cannot grow stronger or closer. We will grow complacent and we will not seek God in all that we do. He doesn’t always answer are cries and pleas for help right away and sometimes not at all. We must learn to wait patiently, quietly and seek Him earnestly in prayer. Our walk with the Lord will grow, blossom and flourish when our faith is tested just as James pointed out in James 1:3 (NLT) “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” If we trust in God’s sovereignty, and place all our troubles into God’s hands and let God take control we will realize that he has a plan and that there is a greater purpose. His great love for us has no bounds. We must place the pages of our hearts and lives into God’s hands and allow him to write His story onto our hearts and allow His great hand to work in our lives. 

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the work that you do in our lives. Help our love, faith and trust in You grow and flourish when we face trials and difficulties. Help us to be steadfast in prayer and ever seeking you in all that we do. Help us to surrender to You and allow You to write Your story upon our hearts so that we may share that story with others and the great hand of Your work within our lives.
I ask this in Jesus' name.
Amen.

Peace and Blessings to you all!
Carol