“Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is the faithful God who for a thousand generations keeps His promises and constantly loves those who love Him and who obey His commands”— Deuteronomy 7:9 (TLB).
One of my favorite promises in the Bible is found in John. In Chapter 16, verse 33, Jesus tells His disciples, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
At the end of John, chapter 15, Jesus prepares His disciples, predicting both persecution and the coming of the Holy Spirit. He ends His final teaching at the Last Supper with a call to endure hardships, knowing that in Him His followers will be ultimately victorious.
Sometimes, however, during trials, we don’t feel victorious. Hardships leave us questioning God’s plans. We wonder if He has forgotten His promises to us.
When Life Gives Us Lemons
What do you do when life gives you lemons? There’s a familiar idiom that tells us to turn lemons into lemonade, meaning to make the best of a difficult situation or embrace life in whatever form.
However, most of us don’t like the pain that comes with the bitterness of the lemons. But what if we can’t change our circumstances? What if God is the only One who can change us or our situation, but He’s not in a hurry? His timetable is different from ours.
What if it’s a growing season, a time of stretching? A time to reshape us. A time to let God be God? I think we can all relate. We’d all prefer to avoid the road bumps in life. But God has promised us He has overcome the world.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Carol Round