Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Today has been a foggy morning in more ways that one. Of course I didn't get enough sleep last night so it was tough to get going this morning. But as we drove to the coffee shop to meet with students for some early morning prayer, it was a very foggy drive. It makes it hard to see the road and what is ahead and as a driver can make you scared, nervous, and even possibly frustrated. But one thing that I noticed was that for whatever reason every once in a while all of the sudden the fog lifted and the view became completely clear. This made me think about the trials we face in life. Not only have we been facing trials in our own lives, but it seems like a reoccurring theme in Bible study as of late. On Sunday nights we are in the book of James and twice in the first chapter he talks about facing various trials in life. Jesus even said himself in John 16:33 "In the world you will have tribulation". The fact is we are all going to face trying times. To be honest though when you are going through a hard time, the last thing you usually want to hear is a message on how God is going to use your trial to shape you. This is the definite truth, and we should not ignore the fact, but I think sometimes we need to not only look at the object lesson at hand. Is God teaching us something, of course. But I also think we should focus on the fact that as the fog clears, God is revealing Himself. He is making it known that He has been with you all along the journey. 1 Peter 4:12-13 talks about this saying that we should not be surprised at the "fiery ordeal" we are facing, but that also when the fog clears and God has revealed Himself it will lead to worship. Not only will we worship but it says that we "may rejoice in exultation". Think about the phrase "rejoice in exultation". These are not common words we use. But how exciting it is to know that the fog will clear, and we will have reason to celebrate!
Posted by Nathan Eaton at 9:22 AM