My intent in this short blog is to encourage you in your faith. Actually, I believe that’s why God put me here, to encourage people. We can all use some encouragement from time to time, can’t we? Especially in times like these when a very contagious and deadly virus has left the world stricken. If you are like me, then confusion and fear have tried to set in at times, but I beg you to be careful and intentional in reminding yourself of the truth. We need to do that as often as we can. The truth will surely keep us at peace. 

So what is the truth? 

In John 16:33 Jesus says, "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Here is what I know: trials and sorrows are part of the human experience. In my short 40 years of living, I have experienced many—some that scarred me and broke me almost to no end—and I am sure that you have experienced many as well. But what do we make of it? Sometimes it can seem cruel and unjust for a God to allow such things to happen to His children. But notice as we get to the end of a trying time, we begin to see that it has made us stronger and wiser, and has even helped us to understand God on a deeper level. I have said before that I want to know God more, but do I know what I am asking for? I’ve learned that what I am really asking is for Him to break me so that I can know Him. 

What's really important?

Knowing God more is my top priority in this life because I know that when I am close to him, I am where I am supposed to be and I am at peace. When I stray away from him (sometimes very far from Him), he has to come and knock down my flimsy house of cards that I have built myself so he can rebuild me the way He has intended. He planned a house of brick. His ways are always better than our ways. But the rebuilding process requires patience—lots of patience. We tend to want to get in a hurry, but the reality is that a brick house takes much longer to build than a house of cards. 

Can we make our minds still?

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

Can we make our minds still and let God do His work in us and through us? Can we trust that he has our best outcome in mind, even though it at times can feel like things are spinning out of control? Are we supposed to feel in control when our faith is in an infinite God that knows all? Would it even be faith if we were in control?  

Here is where I am going with this. If you feel like you have had your house of cards knocked over, then rejoice because He is making you a stronger house—a house of brick!  

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." James 1:2

My prayer for you and everyone during this challenging time is that you would be still, watch, and listen to what God is saying to you and what He is doing in you and wants to do through you.  I believe that even though we can’t see it yet, our best days are ahead! 

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 20:11

Derek_s_signature_image - Derek Brown, Territory Manager at PMF

Derek is a US Marine Corps veteran with a podcast called Encouragement 4 Life. If you need more encouragement, check it out!