Our church has been going through a lot of difficult things lately. There have been countless health issues, several miscarriages, and now a man with brain cancer. Yet through it all, our church has been drawing closer to God through all of these circumstances.
There are several verses that we have been holding on to through these trials, and I would like to share some of them below. I hope and pray that if you are going through a tough time, these verses can help you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” This has been really tough for all of us to do during these difficulties that seem to keep on comin’! Yet through it all, even with those who have been directly affected, our body has grown tremendously in the faith and trust that Christ gives us. This past Sunday, the man who had been diagnosed with brain cancer came up front to share with everyone what had been going on. And the whole time, he was praising God. I’m not joking. He was up there giving glory and honor to Christ, not even focusing on himself. He was focused on how our church body had blessed him, and he was focused on the great witness we presented to the doctors and nurses.
One more verse I would like to share comes from James 1:3, “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” No matter what circumstances we are going through, our faith is being tested and our endurance is growing. We are (hopefully) using these trials to become more like Christ.
I like how the story about gold refinement relates to this. Gold is beautiful and expensive. Yet, it must go through intense heat and fire to separate the impurities from the gold. Our faith works the same way. God uses difficulties to refine us so we can know Him better.
Do not be discouraged! Take heart, for Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33). In everything, give thanks. To take a line from the movie Facing the Giants, “We praise Him when we win, and we praise Him when we lose.”