Last Updated on: 10th May 2024, 01:23 pm

“The Lord said, Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked, that he may sift you (all) as wheat.” Luke 22:31

Throughout life’s ups and downs, there are moments that profoundly challenge us, leading us to question the existence of God. In these times of struggle, we may find ourselves pondering His presence and our own actions, feeling a sense of abandonment and wondering if we’ve somehow missed His guidance. However, this may not necessarily be the case at all, We must remember that,

“The devil prowls around like a lion, seeking someone to devour” 1 Peter 5:8

Indications of “trouble” can quietly infiltrate our lives through various avenues when we are not paying attention.

Perhaps it manifests as a series of setbacks, leaving us disoriented and overwhelmed. Alternatively, it may come in the form of the deep sorrow of losing something precious, leaving us vulnerable and raw. Sometimes, it’s the persistent doubts that erode our faith when we’re least prepared, or the looming sense of impending disaster and overall apathy that renders us feeling helpless. Whatever the case may be, there is a fuzzy feeling that things are not the way they are supposed to be, and we are not making the progress we hoped we would.

When life throws everything but the kitchen sink at us, it’s easy to feel like giving up. But that’s when our faith is put to the test, refined in the fire like gold. Just as a sculptor chips away at marble to reveal the masterpiece within, so too does God allow trials to shape us into something more beautiful than we can imagine.

Difficult moments often serve to realign our priorities, sharpen our focus, and clarify what truly matters and what doesn’t.

So, how do we weather the storm and come out stronger on the other side? It starts with our mindset. Instead of letting fear and doubt consume us, we can choose to cling to hope and trust that there’s a purpose to our pain. This begins by actively finding and “remembering” the promises recorded in scripture for our benefit. “Remembering” is the active process of mulling over the promises of God, thus internalising the power these words contain.

“I’m not ashamed of the good news of Christ; it holds the power to save everyone who believes, regardless of their background.” – Romans 1:16

And let’s not forget to draw inspiration from those who’ve faced their own battles and come out victorious. Nor let us forget how they managed it. When we fortify ourselves internally with the Word of God, we set ourselves up to win!

Most importantly, we can lean into our faith and trust that God is with us every step of the way. In our darkest moments, when we do not know which way is up, we can find solace in prayer that agrees with the promises of God, knowing that God hears every cry of our heart that affirms His words.

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” – Psalm 50:15

So, if life’s got you feeling like you’re being sifted, dig into the promises of God and hang in there while the promise grows in you. This is just a chapter in your story, not the end of it. And when you come out on the other side, you’ll be amazed at how much stronger and resilient you’ve become, which is the point. In Luke 22:32 we read,

I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

This reminds us that we are not alone in our challenges, and once the challenge is completed, we have a role to play in encouraging our fellow believers to overcome their challenges by standing on the unwavering and reliable promises recorded for our benefit in the Bible.

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