Sunday, December 7, 2008
Our Father Knows Best
I have a friend who is struggling very much of a present trials and temptations. She would ask God to make her heart like a stone so to avoid the pain. As gently as I can, I keep telling her I doubt that it will happen. More likely, she needs to change her heart by relying on discipline and constant pleas of dependence.
For some reasons that we don' know, God has let us experience hardship. God seems to value our character more than our comfort, often taking us off our comfort zone, using this as a tool in molding us into a character that He wants us to be. Our heavenly Father knows best.
Personally, every time the hardships comes, I pray to God to reveal to me the lesson out of it. I have to. I don't want to go through the same problem again and again just because I hadn't learned what I need to learn. It would be wasting time and emotions. I hate that. And I am confident, that once I learn the lesson of the hardship, and deal with it, the hardship will then go away. It would be no use to take the same test that you have positively passed already.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV