“Sorrow removes a great deal of a person’s shallowness.” Oswald Chambers (My Utmost for His Highest-June 25)
Through trials and sorrow I can either find myself and grow in my relationship with God or I can become lost, and bitter and turn my back on God.
It is in difficult moments that I must make a conscious choice of who God is and who I want to be. Will I love and serve God even when my way is difficult? It is up to me to decide if I will grasp the truth of Ecclesiastes 7:14. “In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other…”
We can not find ourselves in the midst of prosperity. In good times pride swells, but a humble man seeks God when life’s difficulties come upon Him. James speaks of drawing near to God and in return He will draw near to you. (4:8)
As you face adversities, do not forget that God is still in control. Cling to Him, humble yourself and learn all that you can. Don’t allow frustration and discouragement to draw you away from God, but instead look at them as unique opportunities to strengthen your relationship with Him.