What to do when you’re in the pits
May 28, 2009
And they took him [Joseph] and threw him into a pit.
Like Joseph in the book of Genesis, you and I are guaranteed to experience some failure on the road to fulfilling God’s plan for our lives.
That’s why you and I need to prepare ourselves for the times of testing that are certain to come our way. Because, if you have a God-given dream, as Joseph did, I can guarantee you that your dream will be challenged.
So what do we do when those challenges come? More than anything, you and I need to remember this: God is in control!
Are you, or is someone close to you, facing great difficulties? Are you struggling financially? Do you have marriage problems? Are you suffering a spiritual crisis of doubt?
One of the first things we do as human beings when these challenges collide with our lives is to wonder why. But let me tell you something important. It is more important to trust the plans of God for your life than it is to try to make sense of a crisis.
So, my friend, you and I need to be prepared for times of testing. The next time you feel like someone has thrown you into a big old pit, don’t despair. Don’t panic or try to run away. God is in control even in the darkest situations!
Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b).
Jesus has overcome the world, so take heart! And hold onto your loving God with all your might. He is holding onto you.
IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO TRUST THE PLANS OF GOD FOR YOUR LIFE THAN IT IS TO TRY TO MAKE SENSE OF A CRISIS.
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