Claim a larger blessing

The Trials of Life

Through God we will do valiantly.  Psalm 108:13

No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it. Matthew 19:26                                                                                                                                    

I am including a devotional from someone who has lived a long and busy life working for His Lord. Certainly he has known pain and suffering, but like us, he knows there is a greater purpose which we may not yet understand. Something thought-provoking to chew on today.

“There are two ways of getting out of a trial. One is to simply try to get rid of the trial and be thankful when it is over. The other is to recognize the trial as a challenge from God to claim a larger blessing than we have ever had.

Sometimes God removes our trials, and it isn’t necessarily wrong to ask Him to do that. But often the trials remain, and when they do, we should accept them and ask God to teach us from them.

As Peter Marshall once put it, ‘God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.’

During the suffering, the tests, and the trials of life, we can choose to draw near to God. A. B. Simpson once heard a man say something he never forgot: ‘When God tests you, it is a good time for you to test Him by putting His promises to the proof, and claiming from Him just as much as your trials have rendered necessary.'”

~ Billy Graham

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