Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus

 

From Good Morning, Lord by Sheila Walsh

Today I will choose to believe that you are faithful and that you use hard times to make me more like Jesus.

If God loves me, why did my child die? . . . If God hears my prayers, why am I still single? . . . If God is in control, why is life so hard? . . . You may be able to add your own hard question to this list. Whatever that question is, the answer remains the same and it’s a choice of faith—“Life is tough, but God is faithful.”

And God’s faithfulness doesn’t guarantee an easy journey through life. In fact, he promises exactly the opposite: he promises that in this life we will have trials and tribulations, hardship and pain ( John 16:33). Yet he who is sovereign and wise and loving and good also promises that the tough times aren’t wasted. According to Romans 8:28–29—and I’m on a personal cam­paign to always refer to those two verses together!—even the most difficult, most painful times of life are used by God for our good, and that good is to be more like Christ . . . more trusting of our heavenly Father, walking more closely with him, being more free from sin’s grip, able to love others more wholeheartedly, finding ourselves more sensitive to the Spirit’s guidance and instruction, being more joyful whatever life’s circumstances. And I’m sure you can add to the list. Life is tough, but God is faithful!

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