Though Trials Will Come

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My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4, Common English Bible).

I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity C.S. Lewis.

Today, I write for me. I hope you get something from it too, but I write for me. You see, I have a trial coming up this week. I am not going into the nature of my trials, but, for me it will be a trial. It is something I have experienced before. Just because I know what is coming, it doesn’t settle the apprehensions I have.

Trials are an inevitable part of life. No one ever promised life would be easy. No one said life would be easy. Difficulties will happen, for all of us.

For many, there is a thought that when we become Christian, the trials and difficulties of life will go away. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some of the things we may have included in our lives without thinking about them become huge temptations. Things we did without thinking become issues requiring a great deal more thought.

When the trials do come, we are tempted to ask, “Why me, Lord?” I had a church member many years ago who fought a long battle with cancer. He would ask, “Why me?” until one day the thought occurred to him, “Why not me? What makes me so special that I shouldn’t have to go through this?” He also said that in that moment of clarity that he could be a witness to God’s goodness, even during the most difficult times life presents to us. And, that he was. I will never forget Don or his courageous witness. Cancer may have won the battle, but faith won the war.

In my days ahead this week I need to remember Don and his witness. What I face, though unpleasant to me, is nothing by comparison. I need to remember James’ words to look at this trial as an occasion for joy. Once completed, I will be stronger for having done it.

C.S. Lewis’ words also come to mind. It is not God’s function to take away all in life that makes me uncomfortable just because of my faith. I need to remember to allow God the room to use the event to strengthen my faith.

I also need to remember the words of my favorite hymn.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

This day, it is well, it is well with my soul. Further, when all is said, done and over with this week, it will be well once again. It will be well with my soul.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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