Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Doing some sermon preparation today, and my eyes happened upon some verses that I had underlined some time ago, but had not read since for quite some time. Life's context--as well as the context of "suffering" from last week's sermon--made me appreciate the gift God gives in this verse:
Acts 9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.
See, in the time before this verse the church had been living under intense persecution. These verses remind me that God knows the details and the difficulties of our lives. If your life is hard right now, God has a purpose and motive for leaving you in that difficulty. But it will not last forever, for when you can truly no longer endure it (and God will know when that time comes), He will provide a time of rest and peace to strengthen and encourage you.