Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Distress - A New Perspective

Today you might be at a point where you are asking yourself why? Why all the distress, agony and anguish in life?  This is a big question for all of us and all of us have to answer the question as best as we know how...

Here is a Biblical perspective and one that has given me a new perspective...

1 Peter 1:6-7

"You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to be distressed by various trials so that the genuineness of your faith - more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire - may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ..."

You see, ALL of history is a platform.  A platform of choice.  A moment in time for each one of us to make a decision on who Jesus was and is.  To make our decision on whether or not we will choose a relationship with God or not.  To accept the way we were designed or not. 

Life and the process of distress Peter says is what proves the genuineness of our faith, the genuineness of our love for God.  Which faith in the end, is what the Bible says brings us salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9).  We have all at times viewed distress as something to drive us crazy and complain about...but I believe and have come to realize that it is a opportunity given to me to prove I LOVE Him (Jesus).  Peter says our faith is MORE valuable than any amount of money when he says it is more valuable than gold. 

What a change in perspective!  The next time you go through a distressing moment smile!  It is time to show the world and God that your faith is genuine.  And that you, are not, a fake. So in the end you can hear the greatest words anyone could EVER hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"  Stay in love with Him...and take your opportunities to prove that He alone, is the object of your faith and of your love...

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