Monday, 4 February 2013

No Bad Days

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

I was intrigued by an article I read recently.  It started out by acknowledging that there will be difficult, challenging and laborious days.  That’s a fact, you can take it to the bank, beyond a shadow of a doubt no one will escape that reality.  The article then went on to contend that bad days can be banished forever.

The article then cited some fairly horrific experiences.  One cited parents who lost two of their three children in a freak train wreck.  Another cited a Christian counselor who had personally battled cancer five times only to see his twenty year old son killed in a hunting accident and his wife die two months later from cancer and a broken heart.  The parents and this husband have at least one thing in common, their undeniable, unquenchable conviction that God is good.

The main point of the article however was not to emphasize just how difficult life can be but to suggest that in the midst of life’s storms, i.e. situations that we can’t avoid, we still have a choice in how we respond. 

The book of James chapter one, verse two says, “Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”  You’re saying but James didn’t know my husband or he wasn’t married to my wife.  There is no question that even in the best of marriages there are difficulties. There are disagreements, issues with health, parenting challenges, financial struggles, etc.  James is telling us to use these “trials”, to be willing to let God teach us something as a result of them.  Matthew, chapter six, verse thirty-four assures us that we will have trouble in this life.

If things aren’t going according to plan are they our plans or God’s plans?  Did we consult Him?  When we are at odds with our spouse is it really because we are self centered and we want our own way?   Many of our trials are self-inflicted wounds.

Overriding all of our struggles is the fact that we have an all powerful, all knowing, all loving, ever present God who only wants what is ultimately best for us and our loved ones.  That is why we can choose joy in the midst of our challenges.

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