Psalm 66:6-12 | He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot—come, let us rejoice in him. He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations—let not the rebellious rise up against him. Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.
TAKE AWAY: ROUGH HANDLING
David recalls Israel’s bondage in Egypt, yet recognizes that God preserved them through all their hardships. I was listening to a sermon this morning by Greg Laurie about trial through fire and he referenced James 1:2-4.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Laurie pointed out that God doesn’t tempt us, but He does test us. It is only in a trial that our faith is proved. It is through life’s trials that our faith matures. The strongest Christians I know have not led a trouble-free life; in fact, it is always the opposite.
In response to His meeting with a wealthy young man, Jesus told His disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:23-24)
I think it is the same with an untroubled and comfortable life. In such lives, there is no need for God. It is easy to believe that you have earned your success or that the universe is rewarding you for being a good person. I know that I only came to know God after realizing that nothing I possessed filled the emptiness inside me.
So I will choose to remain joyful in the midst of my current trials because I don’t want to lack anything of God.
PRAYER: Lord, You are good and Your mercy endures forever. I praise You for loving me enough to allow the trials so that I may gain a mature faith. Without You, Lord, I would not be able to persevere. I’m so grateful for Your presence in my life.