In First Peter 4:12,13, Peter writes, "Dear friends, don't be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you."
When we experience trials, the spotlight is on all of us. During these times we have an opportunity to be an inspiration to other people in that one trials more than we could in a thousand days of ordinary living. When we have a trials, we can respond in one of four different ways.
We can respond irrationally by exaggerating the difficulty, or by hurting so badly we just quit, or by thinking about running away.
We can respond resentfully. Some people think, If there really was a God in heaven, he wouldn't let my child disappoint like this. He wouldn't let my spouse run away with somebody else.
We can respond creatively. We can use the difficulty to our advantage. I read somewhere that high heels were invented by a woman who got tired of her boyfriend kissing her on the forehead. Don't you love it when people look for creative ways to deal with their discouragement?
We can deal with them faithfully.
One author writes, "Ray and Judy Williamson found out on Saturday afternoon that their son had been killed. AT 7:30 A.M. on Sunday morning, I watched as they staggered into church. It was hard for them to be here, but they said, "We knew this is where God wanted us to be." Their faithfulness in the worst kind of adversity was an inspiration to everybody in that early service."
Fanny Crosby was a blind hymn writer who wrote hymns such as "I am thine, O lord," Blessed Assurance," and "To God be the glory."
When she was old, somebody told her that, if she had been born in that day, an operation could have restored her sight. Instead of being bitter, she said, "I don't know that I would changed anything. Do you know that the first thing I'm ever going to see is the face of Jesus."
I am inspired by that.
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