It is just Tuesday and I can say that I have already faced some trials (a test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something.) and tribulations (cause of great trouble or suffering.) this week. I don't want to focus on the negative however sometimes I have to admit that I get so caught up in the things around me that I can forget to remember that God is in control and NOT ME! It is a good thing that He is in control because I could make a real mess of things. When I am praying and listening to the Father I have found that I make much better choices. If I choose to listen to the one who is in control everything works out better. However, if I let the sinful nature take control I can jump to conclusions and then say things I don't mean. This tends to make a bigger mess of every situation. I have heard it said " I am just human " as if that give us some kind of right of passage to do or say what is wrong and evil. We all will face hardship in this world but we must be people of integrity watching how we handle our selves in all situations. Others may not understand why we may choose handle a situation different from how someone else may handle it and they may think that we are being weak by the world standards. We should not worry about what other think because our standards as Christians are to be like Christ not the world. Some times we are tempted to say or do something that could cause others around us some type of pain. I admit the temptation can be real. I am thankful to be reminded about the verse in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Be encouraged, even though we will face trials and tribulations. We can stand strong knowing that God is in control!
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."