Now that we have God’s approval by faith, we have peace with God because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done. Through Christ we can approach God and stand in his favor. So we brag because of our confidence that we will receive glory from God. But that’s not all. We also brag when we are suffering. We know that suffering creates endurance, endurance creates character, and character creates confidence. We’re not ashamed to have this confidence, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5
I heard someone on the radio the other day say to follow Jesus wherever He leads. I’m not sure if I like the path I’m on right now. I have really been struggling with having sarcoidosis lately. My cough has been getting worse and the little “tumors” that I have all over my body have been very painful. I don’t want to go down this path.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
But then I look at the cross and my Savior. He died for me and rose again. I know I can trust Him completely.
The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters. He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name. Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage. You prepare a banquet for me while my enemies watch. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the LORD’s house for days without end. Psalm 23
Father God, Sometimes you take me places I absolutely do not want to go, but I sense you have greater things you want to reveal to me. Let me by faith look up and hold your hand and trustingly go. Establish me firmly in your word, In Jesus name, Amen.