2 Corinthians 4:17(NIV)
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
It seems like life has no shortage of troubles, in my case, it seems like we have had more than our share of troubles the past year. The thing is we live in a world that's in trouble. We live in a world with troubled people, and therefore troubled people cause trouble.
Unfortunately, for us, we have to live with the troubles of others. At times, people may have to live with our troubles.
We can control some of the troubles in our lives, stop getting into trouble, stop being trouble, and stop causing trouble, and if we do our part, there will be less trouble. But, regardless of our part, we are still at times going to suffer at the hands of other people.
You are there with me aren't you? You have suffered because of a parent, a child, an ex-spouse, a co-worker, a sibling, a trusted friend? We've all been there in some form or fashion.
The key is not whether we are going to have trouble, but more when? We need to expect it, and prepare for it, but most of all we have to endure and overcome it. We can't control how other people act.
We can however, take our troubles to the Lord. God is bigger than any troubles we ever face, whether they are our own mess or something someone else has created. I understand it's very easy to get stressed, feel overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, wronged, and all those different feelings and emotions.
The key for me and you is to give those things to the Lord. To trust in His justice and care. God will protect, provide, and defend us in His time, His way, and according to His will. If our troubles are self-inflicted then our first step should be to accept ownership and repent. If it's at the hands of others, we mus t turn to God and allow Him to work in our lives.
No matter your troubles, give it to God. Trust Him. Wait for Him. And allow Him to work in the situation and during that time, we pray, we trust, we have faith, and we wait on the Lord.