Life in the general term isn’t easy, but you know that! Life as a Christian can be just as tough, in some cases ever tougher. Why is this?
Do you think that as a Christian we aren’t meant to be sad, depressed, frustrated or generally “not fine”? Do you find yourself responding to “How are you?” when someone asks at church or a fellow Christian friend asks, with “I’m fine”. I certainly used to! I used to believe that as Christians, we shouldn’t be experiencing or feeling these things.
But, you know what, that way of thinking isn’t right. We all go through seasons of hardship, grief and worry, we are human! And is is Ok not to be Ok.
BUT, there’s a big ‘but’, God wants us to go to Him, offer EVERYTHING to Him, submit ourselves to Him and worship and praise Him through everything life has in store for us and every season we go through.
1 Peter 4. 12-13
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice in as much as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
We can get into poor habits in response to our situations. But what if we make God our habit?
Then we can still enjoy Him and become more resilient to what life throws at us. This is just a few of the many gifts we can can freely receive and be blessed with, how good is that?!
We can do this through, prayer, praise, reading His word and meditating on it.
I like to meditate on scripture; whatever verses He’s put on my heart. I also love the Abide app. Here’s a meditation I did recently; ‘Clarity in Chaos’. Which helps us in experiencing hope, reassurance and the calmness and peace of God amidst life’s storms.
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Do you have any testimonies to encourage others where you’ve experienced God’s clarity and peace within chaos? Share in the comments below.