So, why am I distressed? Why the heavy burden of not seeing any light? It is so true that we need to be tested to be shown how strong our trust is and whether we will hold on to it.
Mt. 28:20 clearly states, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” And why would Jesus give the assurance that he will be with us always? He told us during his days on this earth. Jn. 16:33 “In this world you will have trouble.” Did I begin to think that I would be singled out and sail through without problems?
Going even further, we are also told why problems are necessary. Rm. 8:28 states, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” So the last few months were not a situation of Jesus being absent, but rather a situation of walking through a muddy patch instead of on the bitumen road. It had to be a learning experience.
This might be observed as going over what has been learned in the past and did I really pass the test in the last three months? A bit like reviewing your lessons at exam time, just so that you can trust yourself to get the best outcome possible.
My outcome was not one that I would really be proud of. However, it did eventually lead to the person who can steer me back onto the road where I should be. This is a great achievement.
Learned:“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (Jm.1:22) What a timely warning when we get to the stage that our learning becomes routine. So easy to slip out on your own and forget (or ignore) the assistance that is always at hand.
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