Matthew 1:23 (ESV)
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel” which means, God with us.
When Daniel was in the midst of the lion's den…God was with him. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were in the midst of the fiery furnace…God was with them. It would have been perfectly easy for God to immediately transport these saints out of their difficulties, but no, He chose instead to be with them in the midst of their trials. God chose to reveal His power through the trials instead of exercising His power to remove them.
Trials and difficulties are simply a part of life and quite honestly, the longer I walk with the Lord the bigger these trials become. But how do we react when our faith is challenged by these adversities? James 1:2 says to count it all joy! What could possibly be joyful about difficult situations? Painful, yes...but joy??
We can find joy in knowing, and even sensing that God is with us in the midst of our problems -- in the midst of our trials. He did promise never to leave or forsake me; and as I look over my life, I find it to be absolutely true...no matter what crazy situation I'm in, God is with me.
We all have this decision: either to complain because of the trials we're enduring...or to prayerfully lift our souls before him and rejoice in the midst of our troubles -- knowing, believing, and even feeling, that God is with us, now...always...all the way!
Dear Lord, help us make the decision today that in the tough times we will rejoice in the midst of our trials. Help us always remember that You are in control and know what is best for us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.