“Many people believe that the power of God in a person’s life should keep him from all trials and conflicts. However, the power of God actually brings conflict and struggles. You would think that Paul, during his great missionary journey to Rome, would have been kept by God’s sovereignty from the power of violent storms and of his enemies. Yet just the opposite was true. He endured one long, difficult struggle with the Jews who were persecuting him. He faced fierce winds, poisonous snakes, and all the powers of earth and of hell….and more!
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Does this sound like a God of infinite power? Yes, it is just like Him. And that is why Paul told us that once he took the Lord Jesus Christ as his life in his body, a severe conflict immediately arose. In fact, the conflict never ended. The pressure on Paul was persistent, but from the conflict he always emerged victorious through the strength of Jesus Christ.”
— from Streams in the Desert, L.B. Cowman
For your storms, your trials, your perplexities today, the things you wish you were not facing, for the heartbreaks and struggles of the recent or distant past, for the happenings in your life that you can’t yet understand…I pray for you to know the strength and presence of Jesus Christ. Take heart, He is with you, He will never leave you, He knows what you are going through, He will enable you to persevere by His grace.
It is in our trials and tribulation that we draw the closest to Christ and the closest He comes closest to us. That is how my loving relationship with Him grew as did and does my respect for Him