Rejoice when in trouble!
Psalms 31:7 - I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
This scripture is very easy to say when we are on the other side of the wall but when of the troubled side we will find it very difficult to digest it. Remember it does not take much time for our troubles to totally overcome us and destroy us, but our Lord in his mercy has always made sure that our troubles are not more than what we can take. He gives us all the ability and support we need when we go through our adversities.
Always remember that the Lord loves us and will not let anything happen to us which will completely destroy us. We may ask why do I have to go through all these problems if He loves me? Now for me to answer this in general would be very difficult but by my own experiences I can assure you every experience is initiated according to our inner man - soul. If we do not want to experience these adversities we need to do something about our inner man.
I always tell people that we have two choices; one is to study God's Word, put it into our lives by living it, get the understanding and avoid bad experiences. The other choice is not to do so and let experience bring about the understanding. Either way since the Lord loves us He will always try to save us.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are a merciful God. In your mercy You have not let me be drowned in my troubles. You want to mold me and make me like Jesus, but due to my stubbornness and mischief I made things more difficult for myself. Even in this You have not let things go out of hand. I thank You and ask You to help me take the easy route and avoid the desert experience. I ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
1 Peter 5:10
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
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