Overcoming Difficult Trials



I love this Bible Verse:  

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)                                                                                         Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

By reading this Proverb we are encouraged to TRUST the Lord and not worry about understanding our circumstances.  By submitting to God, we will find He makes our path straight.  I also know that our path is a climb upwards and requires strength and endurance.  I pray we all persevere up that path He has laid before us.

Did you notice that in the picture the man is carrying his own backpack? God will carry the burdens too heavy for us to bear or send someone else to carry the burden when we need help.  However, our journey with Christ does require effort.  We can’t expect God or others to do all the work for us.  We have to take responsibility for our personal journey to everlasting life.

Proverbs 15:24 (NIV)            
The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.

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“Today’s Scripture” src=”http://www.calvaryphx.com/gracemail/images/todaysscripture.gif” height=”34″ width=”346″ />   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Stressing the importance of a good vocabulary, the teacher told her young students, “Use a word ten times, and it shall be yours for life.” From somewhere in the back of the room, came a small male voice chanting, “Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda.”

Wow, if it were only this easy to get what we want! Many people teach that if you just name what you want and really believe it, God will honor your faith and give it to you. That sounds good. Lots of people begin saying, “Money, money, money, money” and others “health, health, health, health.”

As cool as it sounds to think that we can have whatever we want because God is a good God, it is a misrepresentation of the whole counsel of God’s Word. What kind of a Father would God be if He gave us everything we desire? Lots of those things may not be good for us. Good fathers often say “no” because they are good fathers and love their children.

God’s Word encourages us to ask for God’s will to be done, not our will. Yet still, God is a Father who desires to give “…good gifts to His children…” Luke 11:13


  • Am I asking God for something and disappointed because He has not given it to me?
  • Am I content with God’s will?
  • Am I scared of God’s will?
  • Am I disappointed with God?

“Father, thank you for always giving me what is best for me, even though I am sometimes disappointed or cannot understand your reasoning. I understand our relationship is based on my trusting you love me and care for me and you are working everything together for good. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN.” 

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