LENT DAY 3
Take Heart! Your Time is not Wasted By Tori Wallace
Sometimes, it’s difficult to see why we go through hard times. Is it some kind of punishment? Am I doing something wrong? What am I supposed to do about it? I’ve come to see how true the words of C.S Lewis are when he writes: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world”. In my experience, it is when everything in life seems fragile and unsure that He teaches us that HE is the only sure thing we will EVER have. It is when you are unsure of your future that you realize that God directs our future, and His plan is better than our plan. It is when we feel weak that God shows us how strong we can be through Him. God can use our unfortunate circumstances to make us not just “Sunday Christians”, but “Iron Saints”.
“His neck was put in irons”. ~ (Psalm 105:18)
The irons of sorrow and loss, the burdens carried as a youth, and the soul’s struggle against sin all contribute to developing an IRON TENACITY and strength of purpose, as well as endurance and fortitude. And these traits make up the indispensable foundation and framework of noble character.
Never run from suffering, but bear it silently, patiently, and submissively, with the assurance that it is God’s way of instilling iron into your spiritual life. The world is looking for iron leaders, iron armies, iron tendons, and muscles of steel. But God is looking for iron saints, and since there is no way to impart iron into His people’s moral nature except by letting them suffer, He allows them to suffer.
Are the best years of your life slipping away while you suffer enforced monotony? Are you afflicted with opposition, misunderstanding, and the scorn of others? Do your afflictions seem as thick as the undergrowth confronting someone hiding through a jungle? Then take heart! Your time is not wasted, for God is simply putting you through His iron regimen. Your iron crown of suffering precedes your golden crown of glory, and iron is entering your soul to make it strong and brave.
But you will not mind the roughness, nor the steepness of the way,
Nor the cold, unrested morning, nor the heat of the noonday;
And you will not take a turning to the left or the right,
But go straight ahead, nor tremble at the coming of the night,
For the road leads home.
Prayer: God, I pray that when the storms of this life’s difficulties come my way, I will have the courage to praise you despite the circumstances. I pray that you will give me the strength to cling to you even when it seems like all hope is lost. Because all is not lost. You have a plan for me, always, and I thank you for that. Amen