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Trading a Ton of Problems for an Ounce of Wisdom

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tough-times-ahead“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”  2 Corinthians 4:17

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a disciple, as well as, a disciple maker.  Of course we find the word“disciple” in the word “discipline”.  The word discipline conveys the idea of instruction or restraint.  Of course the purpose of this instruction is to guide or correct.  The word correct means “to make something right.”  If you put these two concepts together you can see God’s work in our lives as a disciple – God instructing us and guiding us down the path that falls within the boundaries of His Word.

All of us at one time or another veer to left or the right thinking we’ve found a short cut or a better path to walk.  However, God in His severe mercy comes to us as Isaiah 30:21 says, “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”  It’s really quite foolish to argue with God who is the source of all wisdom, and it’s useless to try to find a better path than the one He has laid out for us.

The question we need to answer is this, “How should I react then when I am suffering?”  The answer is I must trust in God’s grace to lead me through the dark and difficult times of life.  As suffering drives us to our knees we should ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us whether our suffering is self-inflicted or as a result of some sin.  Our response then would be to confess that sin, repent or turn from it and ask the Lord to forgive us and enable us to make restitution.

If on the other hand in our time of prayer and searching there is no sin revealed by the Holy Spirit then our response should be to trust the Lord and walk with Him allowing Him to make us a witness of His love.  Sometimes God may allow a ton of difficulty to come into our lives to teach us one ounce of wisdom.  We may never figure out why we suffer, but we can live a life of thankfulness through that suffering knowing confidently that someday we will realize that these momentary troubles have achieved for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

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