Not unlike the process of sanding down through the old top finish, are trials upon our lives.
When difficulties, disappointment, and tragedy hit, our hearts are suddenly uncovered.
In those days of trial we have a continual choice.
How will we respond?
What will we prioritize?
Where does our treasure abide?
For those who have chosen to follow Jesus, scripture is clear.
We are to surrender.
Matthew 16:24 KJV — Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Dieing daily to ourselves and following Jesus is an opportunity to let go of everything we think we need.
After all Jesus had no personal possessions as He died on the cross, dead men need nothing in the grave.
We are to trust.
2 Samuel 22:3 KJV — The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
Psalm 4:5 KJV — Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
When we have nothing we are clinging to besides Jesus, our hearts are much more able to find peace.
We are to praise.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2-4 NKJV
Through rejoicing in God Almighty, we are walking in the trust and faith of true understanding that it is patience which has a perfect work in our hearts.
What are we being patient for?
The return of Christ.
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
Revelation 19:11-13 NKJV
Jesus is coming back!
As we walk through trials let us remember that God is using those things to reveal our hearts.
We should choose to cling to Jesus only.
We must confess our sins and humble ourselves before the Lord.
We can rejoice in His works, for He is good.
Then they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.
Psalms 78:35 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your faithfulness and patience. Lord, thank You for using the things of this life to teach us. Lord Jesus, please help us embrace all that life brings as an opportunity to draw closer to You. Thank You for revealing our hearts and for Your Word which teaches us how to respond. May the knowledge of the glory of God fill the Earth.