THIS is Eternal Life!
Part of the problem we have in facing temptations of various kinds is that we don’t always realize they are temptations! Things happen and we react. Problems arise and we respond in predictable patterns. Trials and suffering are common to the human experience, but when they strike close to home we somehow forget the counsel we have given to others and fail to realize that we, too, are being tempted to take our minds off of God and His truth and turn instead to look at the trial in isolation from the power and wisdom of our Father in heaven. Suddenly, God seems distant, because we have pulled away. At times like that, a common temptation is to look at the lives of those who don’t know God, who do not confess belief in Jesus Christ, in whom the Spirit does not appear to be at work, and imagine that they have it “easier” or “better” than we who believe do!! “How can that be?” we ask … The truth is that thinking this way and feeling this way is like walking on ice. A fall is virtually inevitable. And yet, God is faithful to those who cry out to Him. It is in knowing God that you are able to stand firm, to trust in the One who knows you, who loves you and who is with you, guiding the events of your life toward His desired end: to conform you to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. And it is in times like this that we need to be STILL … to stop talking, stop complaining and LISTEN to the still small voice of our Father in heaven. Pray for wisdom and strength to be still and know that He IS God!!!