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How Should I Respond?

When faced with difficulties in life, we can exhibit one of several responses. We can fret and worry, wringing our hands and asking, “Why me?” We can develop a critical spirit and become difficult to live with or talk to. We can wallow in self-pity, looking only to our own feelings and needs. Or, we can gird ourselves with strength and hope and cling to God with all of our might, being a fine example and witness to others in the process.

I think we know which is the best response.

The Bible tells is in I Peter 4 not to feel caught off-guard by life’s trials and woes. It’s life. We live in a sinful, fallen world where disease,crime and tragedy happen. We should not waste time letting our mouths fall open in surprise. Instead, let’s accept what comes to us and move forward, grasping firmly to God and His sure promises.

We can feel assured that every trial we face and every difficulty we muddle through has the ability to draw us closer to the Lord, bringing us to a higher place than we were before. Psalm 66 is just one place where it’s evident that God leads us through difficulty into abundance, joy, peace and greater growth.

Though it’s often overused, the simile of our life as a tapestry holds true. The back of a tapestry is filled with criss-crossed, messy threads without much visible pattern. Yet turn it over and the finished product is often breathtaking. Oftentimes beauty and grace come not without hard work, determination and harrowing times.

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