Christians are not excluded from trials. Instead, in prayer, God bears us up during these hard times and strengthens our lives.
Acts 23:10-12 (KJV)
10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
Oh Lord, I pray that Your peace will come over us and bear us up when trials hit our lives. We know that in this life, we will all go through good and bad times. I just pray that in these bad times that You will comfort us and give us the strength to carry on. I no longer wish to go through these difficult times on my own. I know how these hard times have hurt me and made me feel, and I never want to go through that pain again. In trusting in myself there is only pain, remorse, depression and guilt. It is hard to escape these feelings. These types of feelings can really do some damage to my soul and put me in a very dark place in life. However, when I trust in You, God, there is only peace, comfort, strength, love, and so much light. We are led out of these trying times and led on a new path. It is so awesome to transfer my burdens upon Your shoulders. This way I no longer have to bear the difficulties of a job loss, financial issues, or death in the family on my own. It is because You have my hand and are ready to lift me up on Your shoulders that I can carry on. In doing this, You are able to lead me to people in the faith that are able to care for me and help lift my burdens. I know this to be true, for in my recent job loss, You never left my side. In prayer, You led me to friends in the faith that really came through for me. Now I am in a really good place in my life. This is all You had a hand it. Things would be very difficult now if You had not stepped in and helped through it. I love You Lord. I trust in You above all things. Thank You for helping me. Amen.
Paul surely was a man of God who loved the Lord, even if it meant great persecution would be in his path or his own death. Continue Reading