Hindsight vision seems to be the most effective when trusting God. Now that I am out of storms that I went through, I have a better understanding of God’s will for my life. I found myself ministering to people that went through many of the fires I’d walked through and saying to myself, “Oh! That’s why I went through that!” However, when we are in the fire, it feels like there is not a purpose.
In this sermon, “Let’s Praise the Lord,” Bishop Blake reminds us that there is a purpose for your storms and that purpose is to your benefit. Be encouraged and know, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:3-5
Jesus even came to Earth and endured the walk that we would have to endure just so he could suffer with us in our trials, having experienced every emotion and temptation we would ever face. He is able to encourage us and show us that you can overcome because we see that He was able to do it. Your experience allows your testimony merit to someone in need. We would not be champions for Christ without enduring His cross and triumphing. How else are we able to tell others that God is a healer or a deliverer, peace, joy and love if we have not experienced him in those lights? Your trials are for a purpose greater than yourself; they are utensils for kingdom building.