This month our readings are more lengthy than we’ve done before. Some days will require reading a couple of chapters in Exodus. Each day’s reading shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. Let me encourage you to keep up with us as we travel with the Israelites from Egypt through the desert wanderings, eventually arriving at the Promise Land.
Because of the length of the passages, only a select passage will be used each day for the Journal.
23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel–and God knew.
Have you ever walked through a dark or trying time in life? Who hasn’t! Maybe you’re in it right now. We’ve all been there. In fact, there are two types of people when it comes to trials in life: Those who are having trials and those who are getting ready to (or in my best Texas vernacular, “Those fix’n to.”)
Trials are not the indicator of how God is or isn’t blessing a person or family. Trying times happen. How we (Christians) face them is what sets us apart. God uses trials like a refiner uses fire. They burn away impurities leaving behind a more valuable, purer alloy.
Here’s some things we can rest in during trying times (Read Romans 8:18-28)
1. We will face trials yet they cannot be compared with the hope and glory that is in us through Christ Jesus.
2. The trials we face are used by God to develop our Character so that we will become more like Christ.
3. The trials we face are not eternal.
4. The trials we face are bearable because God sends His Holy Spirit to comfort us.
5. The trials we face are known by God.
Our response in trying times needs to be one of submission and humility. Our lives are truly in God’s hands and He Knows. We need to trust Him and respond with a heart that says, “God, I don’t understand, but I will trust you and rely on you. My life is yours and as long as you walk with me I can make it through this trial.”
The other thing to remember is that you don’t have to go it alone. There are brothers and sisters in Christ at Midway who will walk with you, pray for you, and love you. Our pastors are here if you need spiritual guidance and we have a counselor available, too.
May God richly bless you today,