For These Trials I’ve Prayed

1 Peter 1-6

“The very thing that seems disastrous to you, may be the answer to a prayer prayed by you.”

The above quote stems from something God revealed to me some years ago on my college graduation day (concerning some things that had happened sometime prior to it), and it’s something He continues to remind me of even now.

Why does God have to remind you of that now? you may wonder. Well, truthfully, it’s because I have moments when I take my focus off of Him and put it onto the trials I find myself facing. In those moments, I can find myself overwhelmed by it all and, honestly, even sometimes wondering why (primarily, why so many and so long). Focusing outwardly rather than upwardly at those times, I fail to remember that 1) Jesus promised we’d face various trials in this life (see John 16:33, Acts 14:21-22), and 2) many of the trials stem from my very own prayers; a chief being, “Lord, keep me humble.” 

In the first instant of my praying that prayer some years ago, I simply thought that God would keep my mind in check only. I had no idea my circumstances and resources would be included, too! However, as Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us, and as I’ve come to learn, the Lord’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and neither are His ways our ways. 

Many times, we believe that we can thrive in certain situations or are ready to handle certain things, but God, being all-wise and all-knowing, knows that we’re simply not able to (at least not at the current moment). So, like a good Father, He withholds those things that will cause us harm (even if only harm to our souls, His chief concern) and graces us with what He knows is good—which is sometimes hardship.

So, sisters, if you find yourself faced with mounting hardships today, or going through one difficult season after another, with seemingly no soon way out, understand that 1) God is working it all together for your good (your spiritual good); 2) trials are inevitable (and necessary) for the true Christian (James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6); and 3) those very trials you’re facing may be an answer to a prayer that you prayed (e.g., Lord, keep me close to your heart, whatever it takes; Lord, make me more like You; Lord, turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, etc.).

Whatever the case may be, my friend, we know that through it all, God is with us and has us in the palm of His hand. Therefore, there is no need to worry and no need to fret. He has never failed us before, and He won’t start failing us today. 

Rest in Him.

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