Truth in Trials

Complaining in Trials – Part Two

143780914549080Trials on a Tuesday is a weekly series that focuses on a topic relating to trials, and how we can glorify God in the midst of hard times.

Last week in Trials on a Tuesday, I began to unravel what we believe about complaining. What is our definition of complaining? We can only begin to look at complaining in our lives, as we know its definition and significance for us.

Complaining is simply put grumbling with discontent. So when we tell of our struggles with those closest to us, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can actually be therapeutic. But, the truth is, we need to examine our heart’s position first, because discontent can spread wildly during difficult times – just as it can in easy times.

The most important truth we will learn today is, we need to stand firm in our faith in Jesus Christ and knowing how cared for we are.

Do we honestly believe that the God of the Universe is caring for us, in the midst of difficult seasons in our lives? Why or why not?

As we look at today’s Scripture, we need to remember that all Scripture found in the Bible is God-breathed (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17). This is an important truth God wants us know, wrestle with, utilize, and share with others. It is of great value to our circumstances and lives.

“[Give] thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV).”

God cares how we view our trials or circumstances.

If we think God doesn’t care, we can line up plenty of Scripture to remind us that God not only cares for us… He even cares about the circumstances we face. Before we can even deal with discontent we may battle (oh, we battle it fiercely… let’s not add pride to the mix), we have to first work on our relationship with our Creator God.

We need to know how much God cares for and loves us.

  • “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7, NIV).”
  • “O Lord, You have looked through me and have known me… You understand my thoughts from far away... You look over my path… You know all my ways very well. Even before I speak a word, O Lord, You know it all… You have closed me in from behind and in front. And You have laid Your hand upon me… All You know is too great for me… (see Psalm 139:1-6, NLV).”
  • “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them (Psalm 8:4, NLT)?”
  • “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber (Psalm 121:3, NASB))
  • “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things (Matthew 6:32, NASB).”

Reflection

How is God revealing to you that He cares deeply for you, through your circumstances?

Activity

Spend this entire week, meditating on each part of Psalm 139. See for yourself, how your Creator diligently and purposely cares for you.

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