Prayer ministers to our souls.
One of the Greek terms for tribulation in the New Testament refers to “pressure . . . like being crushed under a big bolder.” This is a description of pain, of enduring strain. It’s an illustration of the crush of our times. – Charles Swindoll1
Trials, I told the women at a conference where I was speaking, is my middle name. A little laughter erupted, some head nods and a grin or two of understanding encouraged me to continue. As I shared my story of all that God allowed me to go through, of my crushing, without divine interruption, tears began flowing. Not on my cheeks, but I saw Kleenex dabbing wet eyes throughout the room. These women were crying because at last someone was speaking their language.
Trials are tough, but our God is tougher, I told them. It may sound like a cliche, but for me, it became a lifeline. I was able to endure every trial that came my way for ten years because I held the hand of God. His hands are firm and strong, compassionate and gentle, wise and loving. I felt blessed during my crushing years and do today when a new trial enters my life because the Lord of my life is refining me and teaching me how to lean on Him, not myself.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,
for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life,
which God has promised to those who love him.2
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- Swindoll, C. (2014). Ask God To Take Charge. Wisdom For The Way. Countryman, Thomas Nelson, Inc.
- James 1:12 (2016). Retrieved March 18, 2016, from Biblegateway.com website: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+1%3A12&version=ESV