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When you are going through a trial, it can feel as if your world has just come crashing down around you. The future is uncertain and it is difficult to see how Prayer-is-the-language-of-a-man-burdened-with-a-sense-of-needyou will ever come out the other side.

I have certainly had my share of trials and am currently immersed in one of the most insurmountable I have every faced.  Through the fear and the tears, one day I turned on the the television and flipped over to GETV to watch a sermon by Matt Hagee, entitled, “Help is on the Way!”  A minute or two in, he started preaching on victory through Jesus and overcoming our trials through God’s power.  Well, it was just too painful to listen too, because, frankly, I saw no hope in my present circumstance. My husband and I had been believing God for an answer, a way out, but none had come and it seemed that all hope was lost and that God did not seem to be responding the way we believed He would.

So, I fast-forwarded.

When I hit ‘play’ again, I heard these words:

“They were thrown to ravenous lions in the Colosseum, they were crucified, they were burned, they were buried in bags full of vipers and snakes…”

Needless to say, I realized this wasn’t going to be the type of sermon that I thought.  I backed it up to listen to the message in it’s entirety.  Matt Hagee was telling his church about the suffering that Roman Christians were enduring at the time the following verse was written to them:

“And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.”
(Romans 16:20 NKJV)
In listening to the fiery trials that the first Christians faced on a daily basis, mine seemed to fade a little and I thought of the word perspective.
It really is all a matter of perspective.  The trials we are going through can seem so overwhelming to us.  They can shake us to our core, make us question our faith, wonder where God is through it all.  Many are so overcome with anxiety that heart attacks are a leading cause of death among Americans and others are so filled with despair and turmoil that suicide numbers are at a record high.  Yet most of our suffering, in free and prosperous America, pales in comparison to the great persecution and martyrdom of God’s people throughout the centuries, and even now in other parts of the world.
When it looks like all hope is lost, we must get some perspective.  The perspective that God is still on His throne, that He holds the keys to the universe, and that even if we lose everything, we still have our Salvation and the promise of eternity in Heaven with our Savior.
We need to get the perspective that what we are facing could be so much worse.  There is always someone going through something far worse than what we are.  Count your blessings.  Realize how much you have.  The United States is still a very blessed nation, despite our departure from Godly principles and impending judgment, and even the worst case scenario in an American’s life, still ends with a roof over our heads and food on our table.
But, Jesus tells us that we shouldn’t even worry about those things!

25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

This is God’s perspective.  He commands us not to worry about our clothes or food or even water.  In fact, He commands us not to worry at all.  Consider the context of the previous verse. (Emphasis added.)

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:24-34, NLT)

Matthew11_28bIt constantly amazes me how peaceful our lives would be if we just obeyed God!  He tells us not to worry about anything but His kingdom and then promises that if we do, He will provide everything we need!  He tells us over and over again how much He cares for us.  He tells us to take His yoke on us, because it is easy.  He calls out to all who are weighted down with heavy burdens and declares, “I will give you rest!”  What a wonderful God we serve!

So, lay your cares today at His feet a get a little perspective.  Think about those who have gone before us and what they have suffered.  Ponder the trials of Christians in Muslim countries and the horrors they face.  And then, remember that no matter what you are going through, no matter how difficult and overwhelming it may seem, God is still on His throne and He reigns forever, and as the song says, “The One who reigns forever, He is a friend of mine!”  We have a friend in God and He would do anything to care for us.  He is very capable and He loves us more than we could ever imagine.  So why worry?  Just give it to God and trust Him to take care of you.  He will surely do it!

~ The sermon I referenced can be found here:  Sunday Morning Service – Help is on the Way (5/05).  You should watch it – it will greatly encourage you! ~
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