Friday, August 26, 2011

IBS: Losses and Crosses

Romans 12:12—
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Rejoice-Delight in
Patience-the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset
Constant—Occurring continuously over a period of time

I need to delight in the fact that I have hope. Lamentations 3:21-23—But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end: they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I need to be patient during trials, when I cannot see why the Lord is putting me through pain. Hebrews 4:16—Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” During these times of tribulation I need to be patient, but I also need to be sure that I’m not being still. I need to be calling out to my Jesus daily, and drawing near to Him. 2 Samuel 22:7— In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I called. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry came to His ears.”
I need to be constant in my prayers. The Lord wants to lift us up and raise our heads in times of pain. He desires to be our comfort and our stronghold. Everything we go through we go through because he allows it. Psalm 6:9-10—The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer. All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
It is in these moments and seasons of pain and tribulation that I need to remember that affliction is one of Gods greatest medicines—losses and crosses are meant to lead us to Jesus.

Written: 8/25/11

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