“When I let Jesus walk with me through fiery trials, what I remember most is not the suffering but knowing a God so great and so good, that my life was forever changed not because of my pain but because of the Strength of His Presence.” -Just Jesus Devotional
This was a quote from my devotional this morning. I want this! I want to know the Strength of His Presence in the midst of my suffering. I want Him to be glorified through my life. I want His goodness to be obvious in spite of the pain, or maybe because of the pain. Sometimes I struggle with the whole “good God, bad things” situation as much as anyone. My brain is too literal and analytical sometimes and I just don’t get it. He is good, loving, and all-powerful so why doesn’t He just make all the bad stuff go away?
I’m not a theologian and God’s ways are way above mine. I know He has a plan and a timeline, and apparently things need to play out a certain way. Why? I’m not entirely sure. What I do know is that regardless of anything I think I know, God knows it all! He sees the whole world and all of time in a way we can’t. That is why we Christians walk by faith and not by sight. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” –Hebrews 11:1 NASB. We are convinced.
I am convinced that Christ died for me, was resurrected for me, loves me and wants good things for me. I am also convinced that His “good things” are not always the same as my “good things”. I am convinced that His Word is true and that He knows best. I am convinced of these things and many more, and cannot be swayed from them because my Heavenly Father was gracious enough to make Himself known to me in very personal ways during the 23-years that I’ve known Him. Once you experience the Presence of God, you will never be the same.
So, even though I don’t “get” it all, I have faith that Jesus is in control. He has a plan and a purpose for all of this and one day I will understand. In the meantime, He allows things to happen in my life that I would not ask for. Through those experiences He walks with me. He strengthens me, comforts me, teaches me, and is raising me up to be the person He created me to be. Sometimes it’s really hard and painful, and I can’t see any good coming out of it. Like Peter though, when I keep my eyes on Jesus, I can walk above the waves.
Father, help me to keep my eyes on Jesus and walk above the storm. Let me know the Strength of Your Presence in my suffering. Let me come through this stronger, wiser, and more able to help others who have walked my path. May You be glorified in all I say and do. Walk with me through this fiery trial and let me feel that You are here. In the healing name of Jesus I pray. Amen!