“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

Trusting God in the sunshine is an easy task, but trusting Him when troubles fall across our path is a whole new story.

When we are healthy and wealthy and our world is in sync, it seems to be a good and perfect gift. Although the opposite doesn’t make us think the same, it too is a good and perfect gift wrapped in a unique package. It yields its own reward, the peaceful fruit of right standing with Jesus.

The times of sorrow and distress drive us to the throne of mercy with deep earnestness and conviction that Christ is our only hope. It is there we seek for His purpose in our pain.

Sometimes we may ask, “Lord have you hidden your face from me, and if not, why have all these things befallen us?” During those times we learn the steadfast love of Christ. Our faith is strengthened and our hope for the world to come increases. We may not always come away from prayer understanding why, but we can come away with a sense of security that we have not been forsaken.

The old TV show “Father Knows Best” is the answer to the majority of my dilemmas with life’s difficulties. God stretches us beyond our comfort zones because the world doesn’t need an upgraded version of who we were. It needs a completely overhauled version. The version where only Christ is seen and brought forth to life. First and foremost, we need that new and living version.

It is those pesky trials that strip us of our worst foe, self, and makes our heart tender toward others. We cease to be as harsh as we used to be, and somehow through our mess, we are given a capacity to love the unlovely.

If the only result of our pain is compassion, we can be sure our Father had a purpose. We live and walk among the suffering and as the days pass the ability to love the unlovely will become increasingly less difficult.

When we find ourselves in heaviness through manifold trials, we need to remember, “Father knows best” and He has our eternal interest at heart.

“In Heaven we shall see that we had not one trial too many.” — C.H Spurgeon

Sue West is available to speak at churches and home Bible Study groups. Contact her at preacher_west@yahoo.com.sg

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