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James 1:2-3 – My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

When drowning in trials, our first response is often the most desperate of cries out to the Lord. Sometimes, all we can say in the moment is, “God, help me!”  When waves of despair roll over us, we feel as if all we can do is cry out to God in desperation. When that’s all you can do, DO IT! God has proven Himself faithful to His people who cry out to Him in time of trouble. King David wrote, “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I”, Psalm 61:2. Cry out to Him who can save you.

At other times we feel as if we can barely keep our head above water. We know that God will pull us through, if we can stand the pulling. We trust the Lord with the outcome, but can’t take our focus off the waves of circumstances crashing against us in the meantime. During these moments we are able to turn to the Lord and can say, “When I am afraid, I will trust in You”, (Psalm 56:3), and mostly mean it. We are able to seek Jesus, and be aware of His presence, but it's only for ourselves and for the outcome of our immediate situation.  We’re in “survival mode”, doing our best to stay afloat. 

But there is One who walks on water.

Remember your position in Him! “He raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6-7).  We walk where He walks. When trials come, not only are we to seek the Lord with confidence that He hears us, we are able to reach for others, as He does. Ask for His perspective. The Apostle Paul, while in prison, wrote, “I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory” (Ephesians 3:13). His focus was not on his trial of being imprisoned. His focus was on ministering to others from prison! 

Let’s continue reaching for the lost and praying for one another during our own trials and hardships. When we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, He will take care of everything else.

In His Faithfulness, 

Amy Olhava

Posted in: Weekly Bulletin


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