Romans 8:28 – All things work together for good to those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose.

What trial are you going through right now? Better yet, what has it caused you to do? Has it moved you to draw closer to the Lord, or caused you to wander off the path a bit? Has it caused you to dive into the Word, or have you tucked your Bible up on the shelf? Have you reached out to others who have gone, or are going through what you're experiencing, or have you tossed up those walls we're so great at putting up when we get hurt?

I've been going through a situation that has led to divorce with my spouse. It's probably the hardest thing I've had to deal with thus far. It's caused me to feel humiliated, ashamed, embarrassed, and to have some regrets. I've wandered off the path a bit. I tucked my Bible up on the shelf. I put up walls and isolated myself, all the while yearning for somebody to share my pain with. I've been bitter and angry, and projected it all in the wrong places. The easiest thing for me to do would have been to cling to the Lord, yet all the same it was the easiest thing for me not to do.

The circumstances we deal with can bring us up or tear us down in our walks with Christ. It is in our ability to make them or break them. We've got that free will to do so. God has His perfect will, and it's not for us to wander away from Him. Paul wrote in the New Testament that God allows us to experience these trials in order that we will be able to minister to others. In the end, it works together for good, because ultimately we learn more about ourselves and more about God. And we will be able to sit next to that quiet, hurting person who became angry and bitter, who tucked their Bible on the shelf, who put up the walls, who wandered away. We'll be able to tell them it truly will be okay, because we've been through it.

Prayer: Lord, let us to learn whatever it is we need to learn during this particular time in our life. It hurts, and there are days we don't know up from down. Help us to remember that all things will work out for good because you love us beyond what we could ever imagine. Amen.

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Traci McGowan
Royal Oak, Michigan, USA

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