Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)
It is hard to believe that we are at the end of another year. It’s seem like just yesterday 2012 had just kicked off. It seems like the older I get, the faster time flies. For many, it was a good year and for others a bad year. I know for myself it was a year of many trials and tribulation, a year that was tough, rough and disappointing that led me to question God’s calling in my life.
For a while it was nothing but bad news, the more I tried to get close to God and tried to remain positive, the harder it got to see the bright side of things and lonelier I felt. It was like being stuck in a desert with no water, food or help and the louder I cried out for help, it was like no one was there and it got to a point where I could no longer remain positive which eventually led me to doubt God. Something I never thought I would do but I did. Until one day I was alone in my closet praying God spoke to me. I opened my bible and turned to the book of Job and as I was reading the Lord began to speak to me and dealing with me in a amazing way that opened my eyes and understanding.
Job was one of the few men in the bible that never took his eyes off God and was a man of faith . Job was a God fearing person who loved God but what impacted me was that this man went through everything you could possibly think of. He lost everything he worked for, His livestock, servants and his ten kids to sickness.
I mean this man lost it all. He had a reason to give up and pull away from God but He didn’t, even though he was hurting inside and was completely broke He kept his faith in God, trusted God and blessed God.
Even when it all seemed like things wouldn’t get better, they did because of his faith in God and just how he was tested by God. The Lord gave him a double blessing of what he had before. This really left me thinking and all I could do was thank God for what I went through this year because it made me a better person and increased my faith. I have learned that God will never give us something we can’t handle and sometime’s He allows us to go through trials and tribulations to remind us who He is and to value what we have. You may have gone through a lot this year and have lost hope because of the circumstances going on around you or you have failed God countless time… I have good news for you, God still loves you and He sees beyond your mistakes and what you done, He sees not the exterior but rather the interior which is your heart.
It’s not too late to ask God for forgiveness and close this year the right way and begin a new chapter (2013) in life, with God on your side. And remember God is good! . God bless you all abundantly, Happy Holidays ! – PMG