While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
By: K. Hee
Our God is a good, compassionate, and merciful God. It is not His will for us to
experience evil or pain. Yet, He does permit trials and challenges in our
lives. And when we go through suffering, it is an opportunity for our faith to
mature and grow so that we can endure to the end like our Lord Jesus did.
The reward for enduring for Christ is that we will spend eternity with Him and
that we will see many others come to faith in Him too!
As Paul writes in 2 Timothy 2:10-13, “Therefore
I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the
salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. This is a faithful
saying: For …
If we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall
also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also
will deny us. If we are faithless, He
remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”
The bible tells us that times of tribulation are inevitable in our lives (John 16:33). But Jesus’ work
of sacrifice and victory has given us the keys to overcome! Will we still allow
suffering to take us down? Or will we recognize God’s unfailing love and
purpose in every difficult situation, and use the opportunity to refine our
faith and perfect our love for Jesus?
Let’s commit to having the same mind of Job, who said in the midst of his
suffering: “When He has
tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10)!
Prayer for the day:
Thank God for caring and loving you so much that He is willing to teach you
hard lessons through your times of suffering, as a father teaches his child.
Thank Him for refining your faith, so that it can endure for eternity!