It’s easy to praise God when things are going well. When your plans work out as expected it is easy to smile. But how do you smile when all your friends are getting married and you are approaching 35 and still a single lady living with your parents. How do you praise God when you have a health challenge that has refused to go? How can you relax when you have no money for food, your kids are about to be sent out of school for lack of school fees, your job is as good as not having a job and the landlord is knocking on your door for the rent.
Life is full of ups and downs, sometimes more downs than ups. I have learnt from experience (not necessarily mine) that God doesn’t allow challenges you can’t handle to come your way. So if you are facing a challenge it is because God Almighty knows that you have what it takes to overcome. I remind myself about the verse of the Holy bible (Ps 30:5) that says, “Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning”. It may not look like it now but if you do not quit, and do not cheat, and do not run home when trouble arrives, you will tell your story and it would help someone to be strong.
My admonition is simple, what you do in times of trials is not as important as who you become. Who you become would influence what you do, what you do would influence the results you get. I am talking here about CHARACTER.
When going through trials, WHO you are is what makes you see a mountain as a mole-hill. The person you have BEcome is what makes you see a “huge problem” as “one-of-those-thing”. The first step in getting out of trials is contained in Roman 12:2 – Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. The solution to every challenge begin in your mind. You need to change what you see IN YOUR MIND by changing WHO you are.
The big question is, who should you BECOME in times of trials?
- Be close to God – You need revelation and by being close to God, he will reveal his purpose for your life. Haven’t you noticed that most of the people that make it begin in life are close to information? They know when a grant is being given, they know when government policies is about to change, they know the next big opportunity simply because they have position themselves to get such information.
What could be better than positioning yourself in the presence of the Almighty God. The one who knows and sees everything. God knows the end from the beginning. One way to tap into this knowledge is to be close to God, to listen to Him, to ask him. God knows you can handle the storm of life, sometimes I think God sends storms your way so that you can “show yourself”.
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