Let’s settle this thing!

“We sent Timothy…to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials.  For you know quite well that we are destined for them.”             -1 Thessalonians 3:2-3

We have got to settle this thing or we will live our lives being constantly unsettled by every trial or persecution we encounter.’

I was so unsettled 3 years ago after we brought Haddie, our adopted daughter, home. She had just been diagnosed with Autism and I was in the thick of it trying to cope with extreme behavior issues on a daily basis while trying to care for my other five children.  It was a trial like I had never before or never since faced. It was so incredibly hard to deal with.  I felt like I would not make it through.  I thought again and again, “I must have made a mistake!  This can’t be what God wanted.  I can’t do this! I won’t survive this!” Forget being unsettled        I was shaken to my core. Why was I so shaken by this trial? I thought surely the Lord would not call me to something that had brought so much difficulty and misery into my life.  It was not until I began to recognize and submit to the truth of 1 Thess. 3:2-3 that I would find strength and encouragement to make it through. I had to settle in my heart and mind that I was destined for trials. I had to believe and accept that walking in all God had called me to would mean facing difficulties.

As believers in Christ, we have to “know quite well” that we are destined for trials and persecutions. If we can settle that in our hearts then we won’t be unsettled by them when they come.

Doesn’t mean it will make it easy.

Doesn’t mean we have to like it.

Doesn’t mean we can’t cry out to the Lord in the midst of it for help.

What it does mean is that we will find the eternal encouragement and supernatural strength to persevere and fulfill all God has called us to. (1 Thess.3:2, 2 Thess. 2:16-17)

What is it you are facing that rattles your nerves, shakes your core, unsettles your mind?

There is no end to the different kinds of trials we can face, but a key critical to us pressing on through them is simply settling in our hearts that this is part of our journey. Once I realized that with Haddie, I was in a place to move forward in faith.

Consider these words from Fenelon:

“Happy are they who are ready to accept everything; who never say, ‘It is too much; who depend, not on themselves, but upon the Almighty; who ask only such measure of consolation as God wills to give them, and who live by His will alone!”

 

We will be so happy when we learn to accept every trial and difficulty that comes our way; when we trust that God will console us as He walks us through it; when we depend wholly on Him.

We have to choose not to be unsettled by trials, but to settle in our hearts that we are destined for them. God will be with us and see us through them.

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2 Replies to “Let’s settle this thing!”

  1. Thank you for this blog. It is so encouraging and challenging for me in my struggle with anxiety. Especially this post. I needed it. “Do not be surprised by trials” (James 1). I look forward to every Thursday!!

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