by Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | August 17, 2017
“David did not expect to pass through life without experiencing difficulties. He had to fight Goliath, and he had to go into the cave of Adullam. He expected to have troubles, and he certainly was not disappointed. Nor will you be. Do not reckon that God will give you a life without difficulty! Tell me, if you can, of any child of His whoever had such a portion? He had one Son without sin, but no son without sorrow. No, that Son Who had no sin was the Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief. So you must expect the Lord to deal with you as He does with the rest of His household.” (Sermon 2372, Spurgeon).
Several years ago, I frequently traveled across the county for my job, and during some months it seemed I was gone more than I was home. On one trip while waiting to board a twice delayed flight, I began talking with another traveler. It was obvious he was not a “travel warrior”, and he had not been at this for very long. To him every glitch in the process was somehow directed towards him, and everything was a disaster. After a few moments I stopped him, and asked “If everything went according to plan during your travels, and all endeavors in your life for that matter, what stories of adventure and triumph could you share?” “Who wants to hear about a trip where everything went exactly as planned, and on schedule, and maybe even most important, what would you have learned?” “Your co-workers want to hear about a trip filled with challenge, they want to hear how the wings fell off the airplane, they want to hear how you survived and were victorious.” It is from these life struggles and challenges that you grow as a person in character, ability, and endurance.
Think back to the people you have met, read about, and heard that inspire our lives. Did they have easy lives, and were they without challenge? Consider the war hero that saved many of his fellow soldiers, or the man that grew up in poverty and hardship. They were challenged, their faith may have been challenged and shaken, they struggled, but they met it head on, and as a result they grew in faith and strength of character. There can be no doubt, we will have trials and tribulation in our life, challenging us to grow not only in our faith, but in our character. Was Jesus, the son of God whom was free of sin, free of sorrow and hardship? Certainly not. If Jesus was not, how then could we expect to be? It is through our faith, and our walk with God, that we may grow in character, in faith, in confidence, and endurance. It is God’s desire for us to serve Him, to lead others to Him, and to inspire others that are struggling to continue fighting.
“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:2-5).
“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12).
Lord we pray for continued strength and guidance in our lives. We know there will be difficult times in our life, and we know You will be there for us, to guide us, and to give us the needed strength to overcome whatever struggles may come our way. We know these times of struggle You have allowed before us are to build us in character and in faith to be of better service to you, and all the glory for our successes and growth goes to you Lord.
In the name of Jesus we pray,