Faith,  Hope,  Trials

Persevering In The Waiting

“If you are faithful with a few matters, he will set you over many.” Matthew 25:11

Have you ever faced a storm and wondered if God has forgotten you? Would I ever get out of this storm?

If so, you’re not alone. About four years ago, I faced a harrowing situation at work that changed my life. I was wrongly accused of misplacing senior dues. I didn’t know why I was going through this storm or trial. I couldn’t see how God was going to get me through it. I wanted to run out of the storm desperately. I didn’t want to go through the pain or the humiliation. I just wanted it gone.

God, on the other hand, had different plans for me. So, I decided to surrender to my Heavenly Father and seek Jesus during my storm. God used this trial to draw me closer to Him and show me who He was and what He can do. I needed to learn that God never forgets about me; even in the darkest hour of my life, He still has a plan for me.

I learned to see and trust Jesus during this trial (test), even though I couldn’t see or understand what He was doing.

I discovered that God was actively involved in my life. He sees our needs of tomorrow and uses our circumstances to create the ‘test” (to take a keen look at, to look, to choose. The Hebrew-Greek Word Study Bible Edit by Spiros Zodhiates.)

God can cause all things to work together for our good. (Romans 8:28)

Is it possible for Him to turn something good out of my mess? Yes, He can! God is the potter, and we are the clay. He is the Gardener, and we are the branches. He is the Shepherd, and we are the sheep. He is the teacher, and we are the students.

I needed to put my faith in His abilities and trust that He would bring something good out of my mess. And He did. It didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen. 

During this ordeal, God reminded me of Joseph. Joseph succeeded in the kitchen and dungeon before prevailing in the Egyptian court. He cared for the butler and baker before he cared for the nations. He excelled in the small things and was rewarded immensely.

And that’s exactly what the Lord has done for me. He turned a harrowing situation in my life into a victory. He cleared my name, restored me, and turned my “mess” into His message. 

Friends, how can we be like Joseph and Job and rely on God in the small things while waiting for Him to promote us to create more extraordinary things?  During the test, let us focus on maintaining a great attitude, serving others, and not complaining. Remember that no test or trial will last forever, and God will always fulfill His promise. He will always make something good out of our mess. God will turn it around. Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday!

Father, thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for turning my mess into Your message. Thank you for reminding me that You are an incredible Father who loves me and will never let me go.

I have often asked the Lord if writing is His calling in my life; after all, I'm a teacher, not a writer. Through the Book of Luke, in the New Testament, the Lord taught me that Luke had no idea that his study would ever impact our life. He wrote for the One, his friend, Theophilus. Yet, God used Luke, a doctor, to share the truth about Who Jesus was and why He came. So, why do I write? I write to share the truth of who Jesus is and what He has done in my life.

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