Strength to Endure

If we are human, there will be trials! This is inevitable. For those who know Jesus as their Savior and Lord, if they live long enough, after they are saved, their trials are also tests. Job was tested, the three Hebrew young men were tested, Daniel was tested, Paul was tested, etc. How does one endure? Paul, in II Corinthians 4:13-14, gives us important insight: “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.” When tested, trust unconditionally! The Holy Spirit, using Scripture will strengthen our faith. (See Romans 10:17). God will raise us up from the test or raise us up in Heaven. Then, in Verse 15, he gives the reason for our tests: “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.”  By His grace, we give example and encouragement to others to trust. In Verses 16-18, He expresses the source and outcome of our faith. Verse 16 speaks of God’s renewal for us day by day: “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” Verses 17-18 speak of God’s promised reward and remind us that present circumstances are temporary and the promised reward is eternal: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” As Thomas O. Chisholm so aptly put it in: “Great is Thy Faithfulness:” “Thine own dear Presence to cheer and to guide, strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow—-blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed Thy hand hath provided — great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!” Selah! He is with us every moment. However, if we focus on the trial, we’ll not see Him in the furnace; look at Him and the trial will fade!    Ron

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