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I don’t know about you, but when I have a cold, I want it over like NOW!  My wife says I’m a big baby, and I guess I am when it comes to things like that.  A cold gets in the way of what I’m busy trying to do, and I don’t like it.  And to be honest, it’s not just colds either.  When basically anything is going wrong in my life, in my ministry, or otherwise, I do my best to take it by the horns and wrestle it into submission.  I don’t like being persecuted–it gets in the way of me getting things done.  Just like having a cold, I don’t like it and I want it over!

But God…

God has a different way of looking at things, and I’d do well to pay more attention to Him.  Sometimes suffering is placed in my way for a reason.  Perhaps God is telling me to slow down.  Or, possibly He’s trying to teach me that my headstrong ways keep Him from being able to work on my heart.  Maybe I’m keeping Him from working REAL miracles in my life by allowing myself and “my agenda” to get in His way.  Instead, His word says I should “cast all my anxiety on him” (1 Peter 5:7a).  As Christians we need to be less concerned with ending the suffering and more concerned with learning from it.  In HIS time, it will all make sense, and the suffering will end soon enough, but only after it’s served its purpose in our lives.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”  1 Peter 5:10-11

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er


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