What If?

Since I first heard the song Blessings by Laura Story on the radio, I can’t get the song, or its questions, out of my head.

Most times, when we ask God to bless us, we are really asking him to bless us with an easy, comfortable, and safe life. I’m learning that God is a lot less concerned about my comfort than about my relationship with him. When I examine people in the Bible who were close to God—those who God used in the Old Testament and those who followed Jesus in the New Testament—I notice they didn’t have easy or comfortable lives. In most cases, it was quite the opposite. Their lives were full of trials and opportunities to depend on God in the midst of storms.

I love how Laura Story explains the meaning behind her song in this video…

What if we’re supposed to consider our trials in this life as blessings?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” -Helen Keller

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Filed under Faith, Random, Surviving the Dark Places, Who is God?

2 responses to “What If?

  1. Well said. Jesus was pretty clear when He said, “In this life you will have trouble.” But He was equally clear when He said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” The real blessing is having Jesus no matter what we are going through. http://cdyeagerwrites.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/giving-thanks-our-unchanging-god/

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