Day 25: Transformed by Trouble

I don’t know about you, but stress and anxiety are things I battle most days. Sometimes I overcome, other times I don’t. Today is one of those days where I have to fight it every inch of the way. From the moment I awoke this morning, probably until I fall asleep tonight, I’ll be battling thoughts and feelings of anxiety, stress and overwhelm.

We all have something we struggle with, which is why today’s chapter is so encouraging!

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (2 Corinthians 4:17) I read this and felt like crying. Stress and anxiety aren’t huge  problems when you compare them to death, serious illness or divorce, but they’re consistent and they can wear you down. They’re like a plague, niggling at you day and night, not letting up. At times, they seem to be in control. But the truth is, God is in control! He only allows us to go through trials that will refine us, make us more like Him. Even Jesus had to learn obedience through suffering and was made perfect through suffering (Hebrews 5:8-9 para). There’s comfort in the knowledge that God is in control, nothing happens for no reason, there is a PLAN.

Rick Warren said; “No one gets to skate through life problem-free. Life is a series of problems. Every time you solve one, another is waiting to take its place. Not all of them are big, but all are significant in God’s growth process for you. Peter assures us that problems are normal, saying, “Don’t be bewildered or surprise when you go through the fiery trials ahead, for this is no strange, unusual thing that is going to happen to you.”

“Regardless of the cause, none of your problems could happen without God’s permission. Because every day of your life was written on God’s calendar before you were born, everything that happens to you has spiritual significance. Everything!”

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son. (Romans 8:28-29)

What battles are you facing in your life? Can you see God working His way on your life?

TPDL suggests we:

  • Remember that God’s plan is good
  • Rejoice and give thanks (not FOR the hard times, but IN the hard times)
  • Refuse to give up

Have a great day! I hope this helps in some small way.

Joni xo

PLEASE NOTE: Quotations in this and other posts relating to The Purpose Driven Life (usually entitled Day:?) are sourced from The Purpose Driven Life book by Rick Warren unless otherwise stated. This is an independant study and is based on my opinion and experience only. Copies of The Purpose Driven Life book are available for purchase from all good christian books stores, including Koorong. The first seven chapters of the book can be downloaded FREE from Rick Warren’s official site here.

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