Hardship as training

Have you ever got to that point in your life where the pressures of life make you think “Why Me?”. Why is God making me go through such a hard time? It doesn’t seem fair!

Hebrews 12:7 helps us understand this. You see your parents let you make mistakes – they don’t always step in to save you from problems. Why? To help you grow, otherwise your mom would still be wiping your bum!

When we go through hard times and God doesn’t take them away, it isn’t because He does not love us. He is training us for a greater future.



When God doesn’t answer

Does God really love me?

Sometimes, like the people in Malachi 1:1-5, the bad in our lives makes us wonder if God really loves us. We miss the point. Look at it this way: Imagine an A4 paper with a small hole in it. What do you see? Most people tend to see the hole. But the hole is tiny compared to the paper that is left. Similarly, our focus is often drawn to the bad things, while we ignore all the good things that God has done for us.

Today, look to Jesus and remember all that God has given you.




Doubts. Nobody wants to admit it – but we all have them.

Yet throughout the Bible, people like Mary, Zechariah and Ananias all had doubts and God still used each one of them for His purposes.

Similarly, it’s OK for us to have doubts too. What matters is how we respond to them. These people didn’t let their doubts control them, but prayed to God about them and He revealed the truth to them. They trusted God in prayer and action in spite of their doubts.

Take your doubts to God in prayer. Trust Him and see what He does through you too.



Crazy Promises

Have you ever thought what God is asking you to do is crazy? Like, when God asked Ananias to go to see Saul, the angry Christian killer in Acts 9:11-15 – he must have thought God was mad. In fact, he even says so, yet God shows him another perspective.

Ananias only saw who Saul was, but God shows him what Saul would become. And because Ananias overcame human logic and trusted and obeyed God, many people were saved.

What is God asking you to do?

Pray that God would help you see His point of view and give you the courage to trust Him and act.