Roger had been through a lot.  He had open-heart surgery to repair a leaky valve.  Then, within just a couple of weeks, doctors had to perform the surgery again because of complications.  he had just begun to heal with physical therapy when he had a biking accident and broke his collarbone.  Added to this, Roger also experienced the heart break of loosing his mother during that time.  He became very discouraged.  When a friend asked him if he had seen God at work in any small ways, he confessed that he really didn’t feel he had.

I appreciate Roger’s honesty.  Feelings  of discouragement or doubt are part of my life too.  In Roman’s the apostle Paul says, “We can rejoice…when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation” (5:3-4 NLT). But that doesn’t mean we always feel the joy.  We may just need someone to sit and listen to us pour our hearts to them, and to talk with God.  Sometimes it takes looking back on the situation before we see our faith has grown during trials and doubt.

Knowing that God wants to use or difficulties to strengthen our faith can help us to trust His good heart for us.

God way lead us to troubled waters to deepen our trust in him.


Taken from Our Daily Bread Devotional 2017