Monday, October 19 2015
Social media has changed our perspective on life and more specifically others. We see pictures of people on vacation or a husband and wife looking amazingly happy and our view of ourselves is diminished. Why can't we vacation like others or be blessed to have the marriage that "they" have? I hate to burst anyone's bubble but the other people on Facebook have problems also.
Years ago, my wife and I had our picture taken at a studio. We looked young and in love, but the truth is we had an argument driving to the photographers. The picture was just a moment in time.
The family on vacation may be using credit cards and will have to decide between that bill and food in six months. Their good times now may turn into years of problems later.
So the question is, what if everything was always good?
It is wonderful to think that we could just live life in eternal bliss and never have problems. Some trials are life changing while others are simply bumps in the road, but if we never had any problems we would never grow as people and God could never use us to fulfill His will.
Joseph was not prepared to be second in command in Egypt until he spent some time in slavery and prison.
Moses was not prepared to lead his people until he lived in the desert.
David was not prepared to kill Goliath until he slew the lion and the bear.
Peter was not prepared to preach Pentecost until he denied Jesus three times.
Our problems prepare us to grow as people and be used of God. My dad would tell us that the "growth is in the valley". If everything was wonderful all the time, we would be shallow people and useless to God.
You will have problems, but that is when we look to Jesus and not run away from Him. David wrote that goodness and mercy follow us. Problems do not signify a seperation from God or a lack of a blessing, but a time of learning and strengthening.
It is when we rise again to face the next challenge as God prepares you to make a difference in your family, community and world.
Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.