How to face trying times
Posted: Wednesday, December 7
3 John 1:1-14
Verse of the day:
“Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert.” (Psalm 126:3)
For years, the people of God were forced to live in foreign lands. The exile was the worst punishment that Israel could’ve received. A lot of people died and those who were still alive were suffering slaves. They wept as they thought of the lost land. They were not able to sing – much lees worship- in those places of torment (Psalm 137:1-4).
When after 70 years they returned to the Promised Land, they were filled with laughter and joy. This was a monumental miracle as they were brought back to their land.
As years passed, the memory of what God did by bringing them back from exile was a source of hope and comfort as they faced trying times.
In today’s reading, we discover 3 important principles on how to face trying times.
1. Remember all the times God has had mercy on you (Psalm 126:1-3).
How many times He answered your prayers, or opened doors, or provided, or healed you? Remember how you felt when you saw God working on your behalf.
2. Ask God to work on your behalf once again (Psalm 126:4, NLT).
Trust that God will intervene in your situation as just He did last time. Pray “Father, what you did last time we are asking you to do again at this time.”
3. Do that which God has called you to do (Psalm 126:5-6, NLT).
Share the gospel even when you are still waiting for your miracle. Tell others about the goodness of God even if you have not seen a door open just yet. Do the will of God even if you have to cry and weep as you do, because you know that the one who had mercy of you in the past will have mercy of you again.