» Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you, » says the Bible in 1 Peter 4:12 (New American Standard version). Are you facing one or more challenges in your life? Through this exhortation, I would like you to dedramatize the difficulty you are going through.
Despite His righteousness and godliness, Jesus was persecuted and abandoned. Though Job lived in sanctification, he lost everything within 24 hours. Abraham feared God yet he was childless for a long time. So don’t be surprised, astonished, shocked, dismayed, dumbfounded by what is happening to you. Do not think that this persistent situation you are facing is abnormal, as if you were the first person to experience it or as if your situation was more serious than that of others. Far be it from me to minimize or underestimate your situation! I am rather encouraging you to have a better look at what you are going through so that God will transform this trial into a situation of glory! Don’t panic when divine promises delay in being accomplished in your life. Do not give in to anger or bitterness against people or systems that persecute you.
To better dedramatize the trial you are currently going through, look at the trials suffered by the heroes of faith in the Bible or by people around you. Have you lost your job or someone dear to you? Know that Job lost all his possessions and children in one day. You have not paid your rent for three months? Know that there is a street child not far from your home who has no home. Do you only have boys and are seeking for a girl? There are many people around you who have neither have spouse nor children! Are you being persecuted by your supervisor or colleagues? Beloved, there are many unemployed people in your environment. If some people tell you what they are going through as a trial, you would bless the Lord for yours!
Know that for you, for me and for those very tested people around you, the Lord Jesus gave his life so that we would have victory over all kinds of situations. Also and above all, realize the greatness of your God and dedramatize the trial you are going through! Keep calm (Isaiah 30:15).
Then, do what David did: when in 1 Samuel 30:1-16, he experienced the trajedy of Ziklag (his city was burned, women and children were taken prisoner by the Amalekites, property was taken away, etc.), he regained courage by leaning on the Lord and consulted his God (1 Samuel 30:6,8). Imitate this hero of faith and also seek the face of God. Stop whining, whispering and being bitter. Instead, ask the Father to tell you about cause of your situation. Whether a trial from sin, or from ignorance, or from a desert to which the Lord Himself leads you to speak to your heart (Hosea 2:14), etc. If God reveals to you that sin is the cause of this trial, repent and God will raise you up. If it is caused by ignorance, the Holy Spirit will reveal the hidden things to you and then give you victory. If it is the Father Himself who leading you into the desert, He will instruct you and give you the key you need to find your oasis!
» In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you. » Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation, » says the Lord in 2 Corinthians 6:2. Yes, Beloved, your heavenly Father is the One who hears your prayers and answers you. The time for help has arrived, the time when He activates His fulfilment! Believe strongly in this word and it will be fulfilled!
May God bless you Beloved
1 Peter 4:12-13
»Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. »
1 Peter 4:12
(God’s word version )
»Dear friends, don’t be surprised by the fiery troubles that are coming in order to test you. Don’t feel as though something strange is happening to you. »
« Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. »
James 1 :2-3
» My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. »
1 Samuel 30: 6,8
»Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. So David inquired of the LORD, saying, « Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? » And He answered him, « Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all. »
Hosea 2 :14
» Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her ».
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