God abides within every one of His children. He makes His presence known to us in our spirit, soul and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The intimacy of His presence within us fills our heart with peace and joy as we focus our mind on Him (Isaiah 26:3). Regardless of the tribulation we endure, we can recognize God’s hand in it. He uses our trials for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28).
Trials are God’s messengers of love, preparing us for what we will face in the future, building Godly character in our soul – our mind, choices and feelings – and proving to us the extent of His power and love for us. We can accept testing without reservation as God’s emissary of love. When we are the weakest, then we are the strongest in Him.
We glory in our limitations, because then the power of God can work in and through us (2 Corinthians 12:9-11). As we wait on the Lord each moment of the day, His Spirit guides us and prepares the way for us (Isaiah 40:31). We can continually abide in God’s presence. He never withdraws from us; it is our sin, which separates us from Him (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Yet, repentance brings forgiveness and restores our fellowship with our Lord and King. As we dwell in Christ, He keeps us safe (Psalm 27:5). Therefore, we can rejoice in our trials, knowing that they are only temporary (James 1:2; 1 Peter 1:6). We rejoice because our hope is in Christ alone, regardless of the circumstances occurring in our life.
God’s Spirit helps us to be patient during our tribulation, especially as we constantly pray throughout the trial (Romans 12:12). We can take heart and walk in peace, because Christ in us overcomes the trials through us (John 16:33), and nothing can ever separate us from His love (Romans 8:35-39). This life is only worth living if we live it in God’s will and way.
Father God, allow Your Holy Spirit to fill us through our entire being with the fullest amount of your divine Presence, so that we are completely overflowing with all of Your spiritual richness (Ephesians 3:19). Let Your Spirit dwell in us and lead us in Your paths throughout our life. In every trial, You hide us in the shelter of Your tabernacle and You set our feet high on the Rock of Christ (Psalm 18:2).
Thought for the Day:
The Lord will rescue us from all of our trials. – 2 Peter 2:9