Early and Often

Early and Often

So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 2 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. 1 Thessalonians 3:103

The Bible says here we are destined for trials. It doesn’t say what kind, how long, or solutions, just that we are destined for them.

“But I don’t like trials.”

Doesn’t matter. Nobody does. We don’t really have a choice in the matter, but we certainly have a choice in how we deal with it. We always have a choice.

You see, we forget that trials are very much part of life. I think if we realized that more, the trials would go a lot smoother.

When we’re in the thick of it, though, things are fuzzy and we often think we’re alone. The situation engulfs us and we don’t focus right. This could last for hours or weeks or even months.

At that point, it’s just a matter of pleading with God about the situation. He knows all about it, the players, the outcomes, the frustrations, and even the anger. He has the solution, and often that comes with peace in your heart first. We just need to bring it to Him early and often through the trial. Have others intercede on your behalf.

Even though we’re destined for trials, we can also pray our way through them. Having that Peace of God in your heart eases the pain quite a bit.

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