Daily Delight

Monday, December 5, 2016

Recently, I have found myself in a few situations where I feel like shouting: ‘Why are You letting this happen to me, God?’ And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that.

We are not the first to feel this way. King David clearly felt similarly when he wrote: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1, NIV). It is not uncommon to feel a little bit confused by God’s methods.

But here’s the exciting news…God tells us that His ways are so much higher than our own ways (Isaiah 55:8-9) and that means that whatever He is doing or whatever rubbish He is allowing us to experience; it is for a great purpose.

You see, God wants us to mature and in order for us to do this we need to get rid of the not-so-great habits and qualities we possess. So, just like gold is refined in the fire to remove impurities, sometimes we have to endure hardship to purify our hearts.

In fact, the analogy goes further. When gold is heated to such high temperatures, the ‘dross’ (that is, the impurities) rises to the surface so that it can be scraped off. Similarly, it quite often takes a bad situation for us to realize that our heart isn’t quite in the right place; that maybe we have bitterness for someone or we get angry too quickly. But by exposing this, we have a chance to give these qualities and cares over to God and to be purified. How amazing is that?

So here is my challenge: learn to say; ‘In the darkness I’ll dance, in the shadows I’ll sing’. (Yes, that is a Rend Collective lyric.) Learn to rejoice in the hard times just like Paul did. He writes, “Rejoice in the Lord always!” (Philippians 4:4, NIV) while he is in prison chains because he knew it was all for Jesus.

I am excited to see all that God is going to teach me through my trials. And you can be too. So “I will say it again: Rejoice!”

{photo: @byhannahrose}

About the Author

Naomi Grace Armstrong≫ ≫Naomi is a nineteen-year-old university student who spends more time in Church and with her friends than she actually does studying for her English and Journalism degree! She lives in the rainiest city in the UK (Manchester) - but that doesn't stop her from spending lots of time walking, listening to her immensely long Spotify 'Praise' playlist and coffee shop hopping. She has a passion for overseas mission and has been a worship leader for some time now.


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