We have a difficult time rejoicing when we are amid trials and testing circumstances. Our knowledge of the presence of God and the faithfulness of God enables us to rejoice in Him continuously.
Whenever we face a dire issue in our lives, our the initial response is to resolve the issue and revert back to our current normal. The normal, where the status quo has the home field advantage. We exhaust all of our available resources, seek the guidance of those who are close to us and if their guidance is not satisfactory to our determined outcome, we see the guidance of others. I am realizing that whenever we haste to resolve our issues, we rob God of teaching, training and preparing us for the future endeavor which we will face.
As we distant ourselves from the genuine love–which we will define shortly–we tend to rely on our own understanding of love and being to declare it as genuine. Now, this sense of genuine love which in itself is not genuine is developed as we settle for the first form of love we attain in our lives without questioning the love we are attaining or looking for “The Genuine Love.”
When we face difficulties in the ministry, we tend to forget what our ministry is about and we focus on how our comfort is being disruptive by the clouds of life. When that happens, we must turn to Christ instead of coming up with the strategies to gain our comfort back. We need to develop a heart for God and His people so we can glorify His name as He has called us to do.
Two sides of adversity are: one, which strengthens us spiritually and emotionally, second, it has the potential to leave us defeated and destroyed.
John 17:3 (NIV) — 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ,