Friday, August 2, 2019

Remaining Faithful in Suffering

“The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it…” -St. Francis de Sales

Often in life, we go through circumstances that challenge our faith in God.  Perhaps it is an unexpected layoff, or a business deal that did not go through, or people that we had thought that we could trust proved to be untrustworthy, or maybe a child gets their self into trouble or a spouse gets sick.  Naturally, these circumstances can feel crushing, but we cannot lose our hope in a God that is firmly in control.  We must trust that as children of God, He will keep His Word to always work all things for the good and give us peace that will surpass all understanding.  We must all commit that even if God does not turn our circumstances around on our timelines, or at all for that matter, that our faith in Him is never contingent on what He does for us but on Who He is.  Let us pray today that we would have unshakable faith so that in everything, even in suffering, Christ is glorified because we remain faithful and that others would come to know Him by watching how we responded to suffering.  

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you (Isaiah 26:3, NIV).

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