Ladies, today’s topic discusses having patience and endurance while going through life storms. Perhaps you are experiencing a heartbreak from a divorce or separation, or sorrow or sadness from a recent death of a loved one, or suffering from joylessness or unhappiness.
Have you been betrayed and are feeling loneliness and humiliation? Are you using asperity when communicating with difficult coworkers, friends or family members, or even Christians?
What about being a single unemployed mother not appropriately able to care for her children? This one is really tough.
Whatever life throws our way we must wear the whole armor of God with courage, faith and perseverance to shield our soul destiny.
In my previous blog titled “Your Red Sea Experience,” I shared my testimony how God turned my trials into triumphs after ten years of suffering. I still count it as joy, praise Him daily and will maintain faith in Him. I no longer worry about what is to come in regards to my health. We are told in Matthew 6:25-34, do not worry about our life, nor worry about our body.
Christians are not even free from trials and tribulations but the outcome depends on who we depend on during the storms. Therefore, we must be sure iniquities are not blocking God from hearing us. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” ~ Isaiah 59:2.
In November 2018, I had the opportunity to speak at the Eleventh Annual Ladies Day Program at Woodland Place Church of Christ in Ocala, Florida. The theme was “A Christian Woman Through the Ages–Trials & Triumphs at Every Age.” Speaking from a middle age woman’s perspective from Proverbs 11:16a, I must admit Christianity is not always an easy journey, but as disciples of Jesus we should maintain our connection to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us. Our triumphs are testimonies to encourage and edify others who are going through similar storms.
In our situations we must rejoice in the Lord and maintain gentleness and kindheartedness. We should also allow the peace of God to keep our hearts and minds through Jesus. Philippians Chapter 4 is a great chapter to read for additional encouragement.
Let us briefly look at a well-known biblical figure who God turned his trial into triumph. Job lived a godly life and suffered severely. He lost his children, his health and his wealth. In the midst of his suffering he maintained a righteous attitude according to Job 1:20-22. Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshipped.” He said “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job did not sin, nor charged God foolishly.” Job had an amazing attitude!
Job recognized God’s purposes in His sufferings. Sometimes His plan includes suffering to conform us to the image of Jesus. In fact, God’s people down through the ages have suffered.
Job maintained his integrity and love for God. For those reasons he was blessed tremendously. His result was truly trial turned into triumph. “So, the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found [so] fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, [even] four generations. So, Job died, [being] old and full of days. ~Job 42:12-17
Do we charge God foolishly and leave the church? Do we rejoice when trials come our way, or do we become discouraged? Do we know to rejoice is to recognize in trials that God is in control?
We are to be encouraged knowing we are daughters of the King of kings, the Lord of lords; daughters of the one and only living God.
We shall not give Satan a foothold to make us victims of circumstance or cause us to walk away from God in the midst of our storms. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” ~ Romans 12:12.
The following quote means to patiently wait for your calmness. “The same ocean that brings a tsunami can sail a ship on calm water” ~ Felton D. Woods.