13. Hope in Trials

Romans 5:1-5

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15).

Trials upset us. They can make us angry. Some become bitter in them. If you trust in Jesus, you have a friend. He is touched with the feeling our troubles. He was tempted by the lust of the flesh. “Turn these stones into bread.” (my paraphrase) He was tempted by the pride of life. “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down.” He was tempted by the lust of the eyes. The devil showed Him all the kingdoms of the world. He promised, “All these will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matt. 4:6). He was tempted, yet without sin.

The temptation or trial is not sin. We sin when we give in to temptation. We can use the Word of God and have hope as our Saviour did. God wants us to “rejoice in hope” and “glory in our tribulations” (Rom. 5:2-3). This is not the natural human reaction. As God works in and through us, we can react in this way.

Temptations have come to me where I did not read all the fine print. God rescued me from my sin, but it almost spelled disaster.

Once I came home to a trashed house. When at the bedroom door, one step inside looked impossible. Had a tornado struck? In the living room rice crackled under foot. Water ran in the kitchen sink and bathtub. Papers, shampoo and other items floated on top. My skirt got wet. My friends, who brought me home, waited for me. They suspected something amiss. I called them inside, and said, “I cannot stay here.”

“Do you want to stay at our house tonight?”

“No, please take me to Mom’s house.” I called Mom and told her what happened. That night at her house I slept like a baby. The next morning I awoke with a smile on my face, and peace in my heart. Lynn cannot in herself work up those feelings. God gave me peace and joy in the midst of troubles. He can do the same for you.

Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship, was written to help you sail calmly on life’s seas. Come abroad this ship and God will give you peace and joy in the midst of the deepest troubles.

Lynn’s Bio: After her beloved husband died, God called Lynn to write. Ambassador International published her first book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. It is available from PayPal through her website, www.writingfrommyheart.com, and other places.

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