I have been through some personal storms and trials over the last few months. My mother has been sick and in the hospital sometimes 2 to 3 times in one month. I have had sickness in my own body, going to doctors and being on antibiotics monthly, at times even weekly and in bed a lot, working around my full time job. Then I finally had surgery last week on my sinuses. I also finally allowed myself to fully grieve with weeping & sorrow in December, the passing of my Daddy going to Heaven back in February of last year.
Have you ever heard that they as a Christian, you are supposed to be thankful for the trials, to Praise God for what you are going through? I think that in our western culture the Scripture often can be misinterpreted.
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
1 Thessalonians 5:18; James 1:2-4
Did you catch the distinction? The verse in 1 Thessalonians says that we are to thank God “IN THE TRIAL”, not “for the trial”. So it’s telling us that even though we may be short on money to pay the bills this month, we should still say, “God I don’t understand this, but I choose to trust you and I will praise you in this trial because You are my ultimate provider.” James chapter 1 is teaching us that the trial is exercising our “patience muscle” so to speak. He’s telling us that we are to count it joy, during the trial or temptation, because God is at that moment working something out of us and we are learning to lean upon and trust in Him through that temptation, He is maturing us. So, God is not directing us to thank Him for the trial but to understand that God has joy that will come through this temptation or trial. He is building character in us.
I encourage you that whatever trial or temptation you are facing today, know that God has a spotlight on you and is saying to you, “My child, I have something greater for you. I know you don’t understand why this is happening right now. I know you didn’t plan this and how this came to you wasn’t your responsibility, but if you will choose to trust me and allow me to guide you through this trial, I will bring you out better than you were before.” So today, give God thanks during this trial. Know that even having a trial is bringing you to a higher level than you were yesterday. Choose to move forward today with a song and a prayer of praise.
Rhonda Jenkins is a 42 yr old child of the King, wife to a noble man of God, and mother to 3 Fabulous kiddos. She works full time job is as an LPTA in home health giving therapy to our precious Geriatric population. The thing that gives me life is writing. I enjoy writing to encourage others that they can overcome any obstacle past or present in Christ Jesus.
In Her Own Words: I am an optimist to the extreme. I wouldn’t only say that the glass is half full but I would add that I’m thankful for the glass and I’m thankful for the liquid that’s in the glass. My God has brought me through so much. I was married to an abusive husband at age 17, divorced at 19 with a one year old son. I moved 800 miles away from all of my family with my son to keep us safe. I married the man of my dreams at age 24. We have 3 children together and have been married almost 18 years. After being married with 3 wonderful kiddos, I went back to school while working a full time job to accomplish my goal to become an LPTA. I have served in my church as a greeter and in the nursery with the babies under a yr old. I currently serve on the prayer team. My greatest passion is writing. My writing mostly revolves around lessons learned via the Holy Spirit. Life is so full of opportunity and adventure and writing is my outlet. My desire is that my writing will help others grow in their relationship with God and with their fellow man.
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