What if your problem never goes away? Would you spend the rest of your life miserable and downtrodden? Some things we can’t change. God in an instant can change a situation and heal. Even so, when sin came into the world, we were faced to live with sin’s consequences.
“You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.”— Brené Brown
2 Corinthians 4:17 tells us “We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory. That glory is much greater than the troubles.”
Could problems, struggles, and troubles be opportunities to see God’s glory? Instead of asking “Why?”, can we ask, “What are you teaching me Lord? I want to see Your Glory!”
When we see our struggles in light of His eternal Glory and give thanks–show gratitude–we are above the problem. The problem loses control over us, and with God’s power, we control it.
A precious prayer buddy and sister in the Lord reminded me –“We know how The Book ends!” If you have a situation that God has asked you to forgive, but it’s not possible to be reconciled this side of heaven, then picture the relationship healed in Glory. That doesn’t mean we don’t have feelings of sadness or anger, but it gives us Hope. We trust more in the eternal things of God, than our feelings in the moment. We are not defined by our past or current circumstance. We are a child of the King bound for glory!
Jesus is your Teacher and your situations can be a tutoring session. Allow Him to work and tutor you.
“Though he give you the bread of adversity and water of affliction, yet he will be with you to teach you—with your own eyes you will see your Teacher. And if you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a voice behind you say, “No, this is the way; walk here.” Isaiah 30: 20-21
My sweet 9-year-old made me a bookmark filled with verses and pictures proclaiming the importance of rejoicing and having a heart of gratitude. While I was sharing my day of stress with my husband, she was creating this bookmark for me. Imagine my surprise when she gave this to me after a litany of complaints. Thank you Jesus for using our children to remind us of Your Word.