We’ve heard it said, “Trials, storms, and test don’t come to stay; they come to pass!” Now this sounds good but when you’re going through one of those ‘valleys’ it’s not very pleasant. Who truly enjoys going to the dentist (no pun intended)? No one is thrilled to go to the dentist especially if they’re going in for an aching tooth, a root canal, or gum disease issues. (Ouch, I can hear the drilling as I write this devotional message.) Pain is a place we visit but we must remember it’s not our forever destination. We may never completely understand why God allows what He allows and that’s ok! Romans 8:28 reminds us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” It is our sovereign God that is all-knowing, all-wise, and all-powerful not us!! And if we truly love God then we should always trust His goodness, His power, and His will to work out all things for our good in spite of the various trials, storms, and test we encounter throughout our lives. Just so you know, the fact that God works all things together for our good simply means God’s plan will not be thwarted; in the end God wins!! Remember Joseph in Genesis 37? He experienced plenty of trials, storms, and test: kidnapping, slavery, false accusations, wrongful imprisonment, rejection, and famine. But in the end God took what the devil meant for evil and brought things back to a wonderful, life-affirming conclusion. Undoubtedly, Joseph’s faith saw the light of God moving in his circumstances even though the only thing his eyes could see was darkness and
God blessed him and his entire family through those painful trials, storms and test! So today, remember faith isn’t a feeling rather it’s a choice to trust God even when you can’t see the remedy!