Tough question, isn’t it?
No one likes trials. It’s not something we willingly sign up for. We don’t stand out in the crowd waving our hands while yelling, ‘pick me, pick me.”
Just the other day I wrote in my prayer journal crying out to my God about how tired I am because of my trials.
I’m tired of not being accepted.
I’m tired of getting attacked.
I’m tired of not being enough for others.
I’m tired of not having enough. (Basically having to rely on Christ for our basic needs.)
And I’m tired of not being able to fix our problems.
Bottom line is I’m tired of the constant state of trials that I’m living in.
And then I saw the next video in the Passion Week series and I gotta tell you, was I convicted!
The Lord spoke to me and said,
Daughter, you’re refusing your trials.
He proceeded to tell me…
You’re missing out on the point entirely.
Going through trials is not just about enduring them, but it’s about going through them in My strength, rather than your own.
It’s about you walking the path of suffering so I can show others who I am through you.
Trials help you to learn things so I can use you to teach others about Me. Remember, you’re the vessel; the one who pours out.
Don’t just endure the trials, embrace them!
That is the call from my Lord.
What is your call? What is it that He’s asking you to embrace?
Via Dolorosa: He Suffered Willingly (Click the link to view the video.)
As we continue following the footsteps of Christ, we’re in Jerusalem on the Via Dolorosa—the road of suffering. It is the road that Jesus walked, staggering toward the ultimate sacrifice with a heavy cross upon His torn and bloodied back. So often we try to refuse the trials that God allows in our lives…where would we be if the Savior had refused His? ~ Pastor James MacDonald
Other posts in the Passion Week Series:
- Living in the Land of Doubt or at the Foot of the Cross this Easter?
- Are You Willing to Surrender Your Will?
- Have You Been Falsely Accused?
- Are You Suffering Alone?
Live a poured out life for Christ,