Monday, August 12, 2013

What To Do in the Midst of Trials and Afflictions

by Gregory A. Johnson

By Balkhovitin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsAs we follow Christ, there will be many times when our journey will take us through trials and afflictions that test our faith. During these times, all we need do is cry out with a simple prayer: "Father, help me through this. I don’t know what else to do but simply wait on you and your help."

There have been many times in my walk with the LORD when I have prayed that prayer, I've still been left with worry and anxiety. I've learned to recognize that these fears are the fruit of the sin of unbelief, and so now, I quickly repent and ask the LORD to forgive me, thus renewing my trust in Him.

The best thing we can do in our times of trial and affliction is to ask the LORD for help, and then wait on Him to help us. You can rest assured that help will come, but you must know that it will come in His time and in His way.

Beloved, you can trust the LORD to help you. In the midst of trials and afflictions, be quick to cry out to the LORD for help. His help will come as you wait on Him. As you wait for the help that He is bringing, reflect on all the things that He has brought you through in the past. He did it before; He will do it again. As others see you place your trust in the LORD, they also will learn to place their trust in the LORD.

SCRIPTURE:
"I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD" (Psalms 40:1-3).

PRAYER:
Father, I cry out to you today for help. I need you to deliver me from all of my trials and afflictions. I trust you. I wait on you. You have helped me in the past, and I am confident that you will help me now. Wrap me in your grace and cover me with your peace. Strengthen my being and encourage my soul. Put a new song of praise for you in my mouth. May others see the work you are doing in me and put their trust in you because of it. In Jesus's name, I pray. Amen.

Excerpted from the book, Be Encouraged: A Daily Devotional, Volume 2 by Gregory A. Johnson. Copyright © 2012 by Gregory A. Johnson. All rights reserved.

Know that you are loved,
gaj

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