Thursday, August 7, 2014

Difficulty as Occasion for God's Grace and Help

Rebecca Manley Pippert writes:

     “All noble things are difficult. God is doing the same work in our lives that he was doing in David’s life—bringing us into glory and making us suitable for heaven. He did not shield David from the requirements of becoming spiritually mature, and neither will he shield us.
     Christians are people of hope and not despair. We know that God had the first word and will also have the last. David is a wonderful example of the fact that hope is inseparable from faith in the true God. David knew that God was trustworthy, loving, holy and just. He knew that God’s goodness could never be exhausted. And the fruit of David’s hope in God was that it gave him patience to wait and a steadfastness that probably wasn’t natural to his temperament.
     David’s hope also enabled him to suffer honestly but well. He did not expect life always to be easy or even fair. But these difficulties were seen as occasions for God’s grace and help. If we likewise accept the fact that life is not always fair and that it can be difficult, we will be able to live from faithful strength instead of from frightened anxiety.”

Rebecca Manley Pippert, author of Transformation, a Christian Basics Bible Study

Psalm 25:1 “In you, LORD my God, I put my trust.”

Psalm 39:7: “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”

Psalm 62:5: “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”

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