Reading: Philippians 4:7, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 5:16, Matthew 11:28-30
When trials come, they always bring with them certain temptations. Whether those trials are finances, communication, illness, aging parents, death and grief, parenting challenges or child behavior, whatever it is – each comes with its own unique but certain temptation. This is a part of life and living in the human condition! Learning to navigate and overcome those times of temptation is something that God wants to teach us. And, if we listen to His words and learn His ways, He will reveal the truth needed to navigate and resist any temptation.
We all have our weaknesses and our strengths, but it is clear that our greatest temptation always seems to be whether we will respond in our own way and our own will, or respond in Gods’ way and in His will. When we respond to life and it’s many situations and circumstances in our own way and will, we have chosen to operate in our own strengths and our own resources, which are finite (definitely limited). We do not see that we are simply making the situation or circumstance harder… and most often is harder on the ones we love the most.
Frequently in marriage, when we act in our own way and will, we inadvertently transfer the consequences and stress onto our spouse. This will cause the marriage partnership to suffer. Not only the marriage, but our relationship with God. Life gets hard, and acting in our own will leaves us feeling alone.
God has revealed that when we respond in His way and His will, and trust Him completely with all that we have and all that we love, we can experience His peace amidst chaos and crisis. When we surrender 15 our will and trust in Him for our best interest, He reveals His greatness and His love for us. God is so big! He is bigger than our trials, bigger than our fears, bigger than our temptations. He makes a way for us to escape to Him. When we do this, our relationship with Jesus Christ deepens and this in turn can strengthen our relationship with our spouse, family and friends.
Vance and Sherry Perry
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