“Another year older… Trials remain…” They say.
Trials, unfortunately, will even find us on special occasions like birthdays, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas. Trials come. Jesus reminds us that it is a part of living in this life (see John 16:33), but Jesus overcame the world – so we can too. It is possible, because, as disciples of Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit dwells in us.
What do we do when trials come on special days?
On the “special days”, it reveals how not okay we truly are. Our trials can steal away our “special days” and the joy we could potentially experience, but they don’t have to. Those days should be joy-filled, but require preparation beforehand.
**Disclaimer** These are everyday eternal truths, too. Not just special occasions.
A revival-of-sorts…. for our spirits is simply knowing, God has created us.
It is knowing He loves us, provided us with life (see Proverbs 9:11).
Just move in closer to listen…
Celebrate the Truth – Your Life Has Eternal Value
We are priceless in God’s eyes!
Though we shouldn’t, we have incomparable worth to God. He sings over us, dances with joy, delights in us, loves us, and promises to never leave us. (see Deuteronomy 31:6; Zephaniah. 3:17; Matthew 10:31).
While we may feel like we do not measure up in this world, we can rest assured that we are all we need to be as long as we keep Christ as our focus.
Take a look at how we can fully know the depth of God’s love for us.
Out of His extravagant love for us,
God sent His Son Jesus.
into the neighborhood (John 1:14, MSG).
Jesus came to draw us back into a relationship with the Father, by becoming our Savior. As Savior. He took our sins to the cross, where He bled out, died, and then rose again – conquering death and removing all barriers that kept us from a relationship with our Creator (see Isaiah 59:2; John 1:29, 3:16-17, 6:44; Ephesians 2:14).
Though the punishment was meant for us, Jesus gladly took it – knowing it meant we would be reconciled to God. All we need to do is believe and seek Him, knowing we need Him.
We need His abundant and new life, because He is the One true God (see 2 Corinthians 5:10; John 10:10).
He Thinks of Us
We wouldn’t even be able to count the number of thoughts God has towards us. He longs for us to return to Him, and enjoy our relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ (see Psalms 139:17-18).
The Gift of How God Sees and Loves You
Special occasions (birthdays, holidays, etc) will arise, while we undergo trials, but we need to remember how God sees us and how He loves us. That amazing love is what compelled Jesus to leave Heaven and come to earth, where He became our sin offering and Savior. But we must come to Him, and say “yes, I will follow You”. We must open the gift of our relationship with Him, enjoying its joys as we do our earthly relationships. It’s even better!
In Christ, we can celebrate our special days knowing He has prepared the way and goes before us!
How is this message, of how God sees you, drawing you closer to Him? How is God using it to shift your focus from trials to triumph and joy?