I am always encouraged by others who testify to the greatness of our great God. However, there is something extra special, to me anyway, when I hear or read such a proclamation of God’s favor, grace, mercy and faithfulness from someone who is in the midst of a fiery trial.
While years ago, I found myself in the midst of a fiery trial that truly rocked my faith, when my own dear Mom was diagnosed with incurable cancer. Oh my, how I prayed and trusted God to be everything to our family that He promises in His Word. He was faithful to us in innumerable ways. My faith was soaring high and although challenged, it had proven to be unwavered. Yet again, years later, my faith was greatly put to the test as we suffered the heartbreak of infertility. I couldn’t conceive how God could give some a precious child when they didn’t even want one, or they drowned or flushed or heaven knows what all else to rid themselves of the miracle they had just miraculously birthed. Once again, God proved Himself faithful and provided for us in an amazing way that only He could. He is faithful. His Word is true. His love is unfailing. He cares.
Currently though, I have a dear friend in the midst of probably the biggest battle of her own life, a battle for her health. Sparing her personal struggles, as it is her story to share, she is fearlessly and unashamedly testifying to God’s goodness in the midst of her very real struggle. While she could easily doubt God’s goodness, even curse Him for what is happening to her, she is faithfully trusting Him and sharing His great love with others. God is good. He’s truly good all the time, whether or not we can see it at the moment. Choosing to see Him at work and joining Him on a blind journey is true “rubber-meets-the-road” kinda faith.
God doesn’t want us to waste our sorrows; rather encourage others with the comfort we have been given. For He is worthy of our love, our trust and our faith. He is the only One who will never leave or forsake us.
Want to be encouraged today as I have? Check out my friend’s blog, http://www.findingtheinspiring.com. To read her testimony I’ve written about, see her recent post, “My Mess and God’s Mercy”.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,..” (2 Corinthians 1:3)
“who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:4)