Faith

Punishment or Opportunity

John 12:27-28
     Now My heart is troubled, and what should I say?  ‘Father, save Me from this hour’?  No it was for this reason that I came to this hour.  Father, glorify your name!

     When struggles come it is so easy to get focused on self and simply want the struggles to go away.  But what did Jesus do?  He knew that the time of his torture and death was near.  But instead of asking God to take this burden from Him, He asks God to bless Him that His actions and circumstances will glorify His Father.

     How much would we be served by remembering this.  Struggles in the life of believers are not a punishment; they are an opportunity for God to show His power and glory through us.  ” The wages of sin is death.”  So the punishment for sin is death, not struggles and discomfort.  Jesus died on the cross so that we may live.  He took the punishment for our sins.  So if our sins have already been punished and forgiven, God does not continually punish us daily for our sins.  Therefore, life’s struggles are not punishment for sin, but something else.  That something else is what Jesus said, an opportunity for God to show His power and glory through us.

     Only by embracing our trials and struggles can we glorify the Lord.  We must humble ourselves and trust in God to carry us through.  If we can conquer struggles on our own, what credit is that to God?  That is why our struggles in life will always be bigger than we are.  Glory be to God on High! His name is worthy of praise!

God bless
Jason Fredrick

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