When Suffering Turns Into Praise

We experience regular suffering as long as we are on this earth, no matter how young or old, no matter our background, or how long we have been a Christian.  It doesn't take long to figure out that life is not easy and things are always coming at us.  Recently, I was talking to an elderly lady who had lost her son.  She made a statement that I thought was very good.  She said, "there is blessing in this life and there is God's goodness, but there is also very difficult trials and tribulations.  But I have learned that God is always good and He is always with me."  I love that!  She has had to walk through one of the darkest valleys any human could ever go through but yet she has come out on the other side praising God.  Hallelujah!  That gets me excited!  I don't have to fear anything or anyone, I don't have to worry about the future, and neither do you!  We know, according to Romans 8:28 that "all things work together for good to those that love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."  In the midst of all kinds of pain and suffering we do not lose faith in the God who holds the world in the palm of His hand.  Think about that for a second.  If God can hold the universe and all the planets in line, how much more can He hold your life, every detail, according to His will.  If we will just believe this and then walk it out every day by faith, even if we do not see immediate results, we keep on believing Romans 8:28.  The devil wants you to lose your faith, and how many do so right before the miracle takes place.  The miracle is coming!  How do I know this?  Because God's word tells me so!  I choose to believe His Word, even though everything and everyone around me may be screaming the opposite.  Even though everyone I may encounter during the day has a word of doubt for me instead of faith.  I will walk by faith choosing to believe that God is in control.  I love what it says in 2 Chronicles 20:12 when Jehoshaphat knew that unless God showed up, he was sunk.  He said, "Oh God, we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."  Lord help us to fix our eyes on You and You alone.  Help us to get up in the morning and look to You, even though we have no idea how You are going to fix this situation.  We choose by an act of our will, to look to You.  In Jesus' name Amen.

Sam Stutts
Director, Hands On Missions