In my last blog post, I expressed how I often worry about things in my life that I cannot control. Not being in control makes me anxious because I don’t know what’s going to happen. This is something that I have been working on and that God has been helping me through.
This morning, the Spirit reminded me of the many times I have been in a rut, worrying how I am going to handle the situation, and how God has seen me through. I realized all the great things God has done for me and how blessed I am.
By the will of my Father, I have been able to learn the English language and excel in school after migrating from Dominican Republic 20 years ago; I overcame my social anxiety and went off to college with no problems; I was able to pay for school and obtain my degrees despite my family’s low income (I’m still paying off student loans, but it has been well worth it); I was able to get a good paying job after graduating, getting paid more than most of my friends who had graduated with me; I married a handsome Christian man who loves God as well as me, despite living in arguably the most liberal state in the nation where most people are not interested in God; I obtained a job where I could work from home while I was in San Diego, getting paid more than the average worker with my skills; my mom was completely cured after having been diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer; I was able to graduate magna cum laude from a graduate program where I had to take advanced courses in subjects I had no background in; I was able to obtain a good-paying job in my new field when I moved back to Massachusetts despite my lack of experience; my husband and I were able to buy a house in a good neighborhood close to the city and work after having been looking for a long while (it needs a lot of work but the location is worth it); and the list goes on…
Mind you, that none of these things came right away nor were they easy. Throughout my life, I have had a lot of opportunities to practice humility and surrender completely to God. It’s not easy, but thankfully, God has let me know that I cannot do anything without Him. I normally ask my Father for His help and guidance before I do anything, but I admit that I forget sometimes. It is always wise to learn from those that came before us, which is one of the reasons why Bible study is so important. The story of Joseph, son of Jacob, comes to mind (Genesis 37-50). He was sold as a slave to the Egyptians by his brothers and unjustly thrown in jail by his boss’ wife, when all he was trying to do was be faithful to his God and to his boss. But, God came through for Joseph, not only at the end when he became governor of Egypt and saved his people from famine, but throughout his journey (Gen 39:2, 3, 21, 23). God was with Joseph and everything he did prospered. So, if I want to prosper, what do I need? I need God with me! He will see me through any situation.
But, why does God make us go through these hard times when He can just take us to the end part? I mean, if He wanted to make Joseph governor of Egypt, He could’ve done that in a much easier way (for Joseph), couldn’t He have? Yes, but even if we don’t understand, we know and trust that our Father always knows what He is doing and does what is best for us. He wants to strengthen us and make us perfect in Him. He says through His servant James:
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NKJV)
In order to get strong muscles, they must be worked out. You cannot expect to grow stronger physically by laying on the couch all day. Similarly, in order to obtain knowledge and wisdom we must submit ourselves to a series of tests and experiences that will help us remember and engrave important truths in our minds. In order to receive the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control – Gal:5:22), we must cultivate the corresponding seeds. God works on the soil, which is our heart, by putting us in situations where we would have to use our developing fruits. But, we can rest assured that the test will always be at our level of maturity. If a teacher gives a test that he did not prepare you for with his teachings, he is considered a bad teacher. God is not a bad teacher. He will never give us more than we can handle. Moreover, He will show us the way out of a situation (1 Cor 10:13).
If you are going through some trials in your life right now, rest assured in this, God will see you through. See this is as an opportunity to strengthen your faith, your patience, your humility, and your trust in God. By the time you are done, you will be in a better position than you are now. Count on it! God comes through for His people EVERY time!