The Lord Jesus Christ had the Apostle Paul write about rejoicing in suffering. I’ve lived life enough to know to praise the Lord God when hard times happen. And mean it. Really. Actually rejoicing is another wholly different level of understanding and living life. Or, a holy different level of life in His Will.
Here is a good prayer when challenges have nametags.
A prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked
Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;in all his thoughts there is no room for God. His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him;he sneers at all his enemies. He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. He lies in wait near the villages;from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims; like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength. He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.”
Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”? But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.
The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
Challenges create opportunities. In my clan, “We never quit.” And, “I ain’t dead yet.”
This January 2013 is a time for trials. Personally, they are tests to be humble, act humbly and give Grace.
Likewise, it seems so on a much greater scale for more important reasons to our Nation, Western Civilization and Christians everywhere.
Let the cold, mid-Winter wind bite. Seasons change. It will all be okay.
God is good. All the time. No matter what. No matter what.