God gives us His grace in every time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Whether our trial is physical, mental, financial, emotional, spiritual or relational, we have God’s grace to help us, because the Trinity abides within us.
When we find joy in our circumstances, regardless of their intensity of severity or bliss, we please our Daddy God. He thrills in our trust in Him, and He rejoices over us with singing (2 Corinthians 10:18; Zephaniah 3:17). Our soul delights in God, regardless of the issues we face (2 Corinthians 10:17).
Unless we cause them by our own faulty choices, trials come to sift away the scum in our life, like the refiner sifts dross from precious metals. We see more pure gold in our thoughts, actions, emotions and choices, as God’s Spirit removes carnality from us (Job 23:10; 1 Peter 1:7).
Trials also strengthen our faith in God’s faithfulness (1 John 5:4-5). He proves His love for us by His divine intervention throughout the circumstances of our life. He turns our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11-12), and gives us inexpressible waves of joy that are full of praises to Him (1 Peter 1:6-9).
God’s grace also gives us victory over every temptation. Most temptations are common to everyone; even Jesus had temptations (Hebrews 4:15). God gives us a way to escape every fleshly lure. We simply focus on His provision, rather than our tempting desires (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Trials teach us patience, which in turn perfects us (James 1:4-8). Patience helps us to feel complete and fulfilled, without the pressure of having to perform, or to force others to perform in our timing and way. It also allows us to continually wait on God without stress and expectations (Hosea 12:6; Psalm 25:5, 27:14, 37:7; James 5:7-8).
Father God, thank You for showing us that patience is the key to allowing the other fruit of the Spirit to manifest in our life. Without patience we act inappropriately and hurt others. With patience, Your Spirit can exchange our carnality with His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). This enables us to abound in every work that You call us to perform (2 Corinthians 8:7).
Your grace of patience also helps to protect us from succumbing to temptations. Rather than wanting everything now, we learn to wait. Instant gratification is no longer a driving force that pushes us to fall into sin – even when we do not want to sin (Romans 7). We praise You for Your intervention in our life, for drawing us into union with Your Trinity, and for Your provision and protection every moment of all of our days on this earth.
Thought for the Day:
God helps us to walk in the light of His loving countenance and grace all day long, by sending Jesus to free us from the human penchant to sin; initiating the Law of His Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus to set us free from the Law of Sin and Death, He allows us to live in sweet communion with His Spirit every single moment of every single day. – Psalm 89:15; Romans 8:2