Learning From the Hard Times

by Stan Mitchell
worriedmind2.jpgWhat is the first thing we usually say when hard times strike? Be honest! We usually ask, “God, why did you do this to me?”
Well, sometimes, God did do it to you. Surprised?
When the book of Proverbs speaks of hard times, it usually refers to the kind that is self-imposed. Whoever despises [instruction],” Solomon declares, “brings destruction on himself” (Proverbs 13:13).
Laziness brings about poverty, mean-spiritedness and resentment. Moreover, a failure to listen to God’s instructions brings sorrow.
But not all suffering is the result of our own foolishness. Sometimes it comes from the loving, but disciplining hand of God. And far from God’s abandonment, it is a sign of our relationship with him.
“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights” (Proverbs 3:11,12, ESV).
When hard times come, don’t automatically assume that God has abandoned you, human as that conclusion might be. Ask yourself if it’s not a sign of his love, and begin to look for the lessons you can learn from the situation!

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