"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed."
(1 Peter 4:12–13, NIV)
Don't Be Surprised
If you know you are going into a challenging season, you can get prepared for it.
You can make sure you are mentally ready.
But what about the difficulties that we don't see coming?
The unexpected crisis that catches you off-guard?
Sometimes, it can seem so overwhelming that it almost knocks the wind right out of you.
The scripture says that we shouldn't be surprised by fiery trials.
That's because the forces of darkness would not be fighting against you if they didn't know that God has something amazing in your future!
Sometimes, those unexpected difficulties are just a sign that you're on the right track.
It's always darkest just before the dawn appears.
The enemy always fights the hardest when you are closest to your breakthrough.
The key is to stay the course and keep fighting the good fight of faith.
In the difficult times, keep your joy and keep declaring God's Word over your future.
God has promised that you will overcome every obstacle.
You will defeat every enemy, and you will embrace the blessing and victory He has in store for you!
A Prayer for Today
"Father, thank You for walking with me in every season of life. Today, I cast all of my cares on You. I cast all of my difficulties, all of my questions, and all of my concerns. Thank You for working all things out for my good in Jesus' name. Amen."
From Today's Word by Joel O