In the midst of Adversity - the Grace of God

In 1 Peter 1:6 we read these words, "... now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials."  That will be a familiar experience to many of you who read this.  The trials we face in life can take many different forms - from the loss of a job to the loss of a loved one and everything in between.  Many of us will face trials that stem from sickness or disease.  In the midst of that struggle we will be called upon to live out our faith when we don't have the answers to our problems, when the outlook is not what we would hope, and when we are not certain what tomorrow will bring.

My family has been 'rocked' by the news of the last few days - from news of the growths in my neck to the phone calls informing us of my father-in-law's brain tumors and of the accident in which my wife's cousin broke his neck rock climbing.  Through these things we begin to catch a glimpse of what Job must have experienced as servants came to him, one after another, to share their sorrowful news.   Job's response has always inspired me.  He did not curse God nor turn from Him but cried out in faith, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away may the name of the Lord be praised."

May it be that in the midst of the adversity each of us faces that this may be the song of our hearts as well!  For we know that "in all things God works for the good of those who love Him."  Furthermore Scripture reveals to us a sobering truth - that it is in the midst of these trials that we experience the provision of God's grace.  The Lord tells Paul, "my grace is sufficient for you."  And so it was.  And so too will it be for each one of us for the God to whom we come is the same yesterday, and today, and forevermore.  Praise be to the Lord our God!

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