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Be Patient In Times Of Tribulation

Be Patient in Times of Tribulation
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 10

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (NKJV)

We are continuing to look at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.   

Today we will be looking at the seventh of our "Family duties" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to every Christian believer that we come in contact with.  And that seventh duty is also our 10th way to honor God.  

10.    "Patient in tribulation," (Rom 12 v. 12)

This Christian duty is definitely not a natural one.  In fact, it is almost an oxymoron - an expression with contradictory words.  Patient and tribulation are about as opposite as night and day - they are mutually exclusive.  Usually as tribulation sets in like the darkness of night, patience fades like the light of day.  And yet, we are told that the two must now blend and co-exist - when tribulation comes, our patience must remain present and not flee.

Q:    How can this happen - how can we be patient in the midst of trials and tribulation?

A:    The answer lies in our true understanding of God's love and sovereign plan.  As we have faith in God and trust in His perfect plan, we will have renewed hope that allows us to remain very calm in the midst of the most horrific storm.  

It is only because of our eternal hope that we are able to remain calm as a byproduct.  And that is because God has given us all the assurance necessary to know that we will be just fine.  He has told us that He will never leave us, nor forsake us (See Heb. 13:5).  Knowing that we have a God so loving and faithful should produce the confidence we need to continue to walk in faith and peace during life's tests.  As we read, study, and reflect on God's promises to us, our mind will begin to slowly shift and we will view things quite differently during the tough times.  

The Apostle Paul realized this truth and experienced this paradigm shift in his own life.  At one point he was persecuting those people, who believed in Jesus Christ, and then one day he met Jesus on the road to Damascus, and he would never be the same.  His faith and obedience to the Lord would cause him to experience the very thing that he was inflicting upon other believers prior to his conversion - persecution and tribulation.  

God would use this for good in Paul's life, and He will use it for good in the life of every man and woman that loves Him as well (See Rom. 8:28).  We can see how we are to deal with our tribulation in the following scriptures:

Rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:2-5 (NKJV)

So we are to "Rejoice" in our tribulation; that means to be pleased and glad about it.  Well I can certainly say that if I am pleased or glad about something, then I am definitely going to be patient as well.  

Hey Christian, life is a matter of perspective - glass half full, or half empty.  Which way do you see it?  Having a positive attitude is the biggest part of the battle, and that only happens when we believe something to be good.  If God said He can and will use everything for good, then He can and that settles it.  

  • Let's let God do what He does best - Be God - and let's simply do our part - Be obedient. 
  • Let's look at things a little bit differently, knowing that God is in control and that He is allowing these things that are happening to us.  
  • Let's trust Him and have a joy about us, even when we don't necessarily like what we are facing.  

After all, to do this is the essence of our faith and hope - to continue to walk in the direction that God is calling us regardless of how we may feel about it - knowing that His way is the right way, and not despairing regardless of what may happen.

Every time you come to a test - picture God standing on the other side of it, asking you, "Do you trust Me?"  Now patiently walk towards Him in faith.

STUDY QUESTION:  What confidence can we glean from the scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself being patient in the midst of tribulation?

APPLICATION:  The next time you find yourself in the midst of tribulation, remember that God is in control and that He is allowing you to be tested.  Seek Him, lean not upon your own understanding.  In all of your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.

Father, Thank You for Your protection and Your love.  Thank You for Your faithfulness especially in those times where I have been faithless.  Help me to remember that You are in control Lord during these times where I am focusing on the tests or tribulation that I am enduring.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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