In the 1800’s, Preacher Charles Spurgeon spoke these comforting words: “Saints have no hell but what they suffer here on earth; sinners will have no heaven but what they have here in this poor troublesome world.”
Are you a survivor? Some people have survived a lot, and they continue to be giving people that love the Lord. Surviving all that they have without becoming bitter, or addicted to substances, or self-absorbed is not a small thing.
We need to act wisely and virtuously and trust in the Lord–trust in His benevolent and superior wisdom. God is good and NOT trusting in Him is a waste of time. Every one of our cares is ultimately the Lord’s responsibility. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV).
A fellow believer told me that, “[i]n the midst of circumstances that look very bleak, it is crucial to remember that trust and hope in God are not products of our circumstances, but aggressive choices that we must make in His power. These are the daily battles of faith . . . .”
Trusting in the Lord is most important when it is most difficult–when we can see no reason for hope in our own eyes. Then, we are growing in reliance on God. He is the only source of deep and abiding joy, for He is the only thing that’s consistently and everlastingly excellent.
Christians, have confidence that the Lord will lead you where He wants you to go and will provide you with the recognizable clues.
Dear God, please show us the surpassing goodness of your favor. We ask with faith and gratitude, in Jesus name. Amen.