Daily Feast – December 19

Trials: God’s School for Maturity

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. - Psalm 9:9-10

When your blessings are getting closer, your attacks become greater, stay focus and trust in God. People easily get frustrated when their investment is not producing expected positive result; this is because nobody wants to lose his investment just like in the life of Moses. He was frustrated by the attitude of his people because he had invested so much of his time on them, but they seem not to be growing at the expected pace expected of them; having enjoyed so much of God's mercy. It is easy for people to follow you as long as there is no trouble, but people usually show their true colour when they have trouble.

You may not likely know those who truly love you in your time of comfort, but you know true friends when you are in trouble. Only a few people will stick with you in your times of difficulty. Martin Luther King said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort but where he stands in moments of challenge and controversy".

Difficulties are many in the world but if God will deliver you from every difficulty, you are not likely to mature. You cannot pray away every difficulty, there are things you must go through to make you mature. The quality of your Christian life is tested in difficult times, not when everything seems working for you. As you allow your character to be developed during challenges, God will reward you.

Prayer: I receive the grace to be steadfast in my trust in God in Jesus Name

Further Reading: James 1:1-13; Psalm 46:1; Romans 12:12
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Haggai 1:1-2:23; Revelation 11:1-19; Psalm 139:1-24; Proverbs 30:15-16

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