Learning Through Hardships

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (TLB).  We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.  These bodies of ours are constantly facing death just as Jesus did; so it is clear to all that it is only the living Christ within who keeps us safe.

 

Do you take advantage of the storm?

Who is your perfect security in the storm?

Yesterday at church, the preacher spoke on 2 Corinthians and the 7 things we can learn from hardships.  The seven things we can learn are below.

  • Direct Us
  • Inspect Us
  • Correct Us
  • Connect Us
  • Protect Us
  • Perfect Us
  • Set Us

I really had not thought about his sermon that much more (not that it wasn’t good because it was good).  Today I had lunch with a very close friend and she said something about what she thought I would be doing in the future and of course I just blew it off.  I came home and decided I had a little time and would write a blog post.  As I was contemplating and praying about what to write, I opened my bible and saw my notes from the sermon yesterday.  I was literally slapped in the face.  All of these are great things to learn but the last one is the face slapper.  I wrote exactly what he said, “Hardships set us on the right track to do something for Him to better His Cause.”

OUCH!  There is the slap!!!

July will be 2 years I have been out of work due to a health condition.  The first year and half were good.  I was not depressed or emotional.  I tried to find things to keep me busy without hurting my health more – that has been a trial in itself.  I was participating in more Online Bible Studies and reading more books than I ever had.  But the last few months, I have really been hard.  I was more sad not really depressed and just felt like I needed more purpose in life.

I began working on some things more: my blog, speaking the Word of God in Social Media, and studying and reading the Bible more.  I thought God was moving my heart in a certain direction of what He wanted me to do with my life while at home but I wasn’t sure.  Recently, God has placed people, conversations, and comments in my life that just affirm my thoughts.

Maybe God wanted me to go through this hardship to help others to get through hardship since I love to talk so much.

Maybe God wants me to write and talk about Him so more people can come to learn and grow closer to Him.

Maybe God does want me to pursue what I’ve thought about doing recently.

Maybe God wants my hardship to do something for HIM!

My decision is to pray and listen to God more openly and to what others are saying to me.  I’m also not going to let the devil get a foothold on me.  I pray I keep my eyes, ears, heart, and mind open to what He has in store.

Is God speaking to you through a hardship right now?

Do you know someone who is going through a hardship right now that you need to refer them to this scripture?

If God is speaking to you, please do not ignore Him.  His cause is more important than any plan or idea you will ever have!!!!

2 Corin 4.8 10

4 Comments

  1. Marsha

    Jeanie, this past Sunday was Baptist Women’s Day and we had a guest speaker whose testimony was AMAZING & it was definitely born from a hardship. Come have lunch one day and I will share with you! Or rather than lunch, maybe we need a Cove weekend. 🙂 Love you!

  2. Marsha

    Jeanie, this past Sunday was Baptist Women’s Day and we had a guest speaker whose testimony was AMAZING & it was definitely born from a hardship. Come have lunch one day and I will share with you! Or rather than lunch, maybe we need a Cove weekend. 🙂 Love you!

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