He Allows Troubles to Show His Glory

April 29, 2013 | Tags: ,

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In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

-John 16:33 NIV

Yesterday afternoon was a pretty contentious day around our house. We were all getting under each others’ skin. I was trying my best to remain calm and self-controlled, but it was challenging, to say the least. I was in the middle of getting a nice Sunday evening dinner on the table after several days of eating out, and both children had dire needs they were demanding I meet while I was cooking. I was feeling overwhelmed for the moment, but I kept crying out to God in my heart to help me. I didn’t want to snap at my children or my husband. I just wanted to get dinner on the table so we could sit down and enjoy each others’ company together before beginning a new week.

Do you ever have moments that overwhelm you like that? These are not the emergency times of life–these are just the troubles of a typical day, interacting with the people around us. Jesus said we will have trouble. He knows, because no trouble can come to us unless He allows it. I realized something yesterday in the middle of the chaos. He would never allow the trouble or frustration unless He hadn’t already planned to show His glory through it. No trouble is wasted–no frustration goes unnoticed by God. He has a plan in it. And His plan is to show His power in overcoming any trouble of our life, no matter what that trouble is.

Included in my dinner menu last night was a boxed-brand lemon squares dessert. I had it in the pantry and thought I’d give it a try since I couldn’t bake the angel food cake I was planning for originally. My husband, daughter and I worked on it together, then placed it in the oven to bake. We took it out and gave it a quick try to see how it tasted. And it was disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. It was so bad, in fact, that we couldn’t even finish the bite we had in our mouths. It was such a funny scene, all four of us (my son included) cringing our faces at the taste of the bad dessert, that we burst out laughing, in disbelief that this product could make it to the shelves and taste that bad. We had fun laughing about it for the rest of the evening, even as we all played a game of Uno together after dinner. God took a potentially miserable evening and turned it around and made it a fun family memory. I’ll be we’ll never forget the night we baked the terrible-tasting lemon squares!

God answered my prayers to show His glory in our troubles of last night. We never know how He will answer us, but we can be assured He will. We can trust that no matter what, in the end, “All things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

By Courtney Silberman

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