― Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor
But there are things in my life that I wish were different, this is not what I planned, and didn’t God get the memo? Why do I get to have this lovely trial in my life... really???
If I am honest; I want to kick and scream and yell “It’s not fair!!”
But I won’t. I can’t let the bitterness take root in my heart.
I refuse to listen to the lies of Satan that lead to unbelief and rebellion in my heart. Because I know that my Jesus is on the throne, and I KNOW that He has a reason for allowing this trial in my life, there is a lesson somewhere, and if I get bitter and rebellious, I will miss it.
I will miss the gold.
But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
My feet have closely followed his steps;
I have kept to his way without turning aside.
I have not departed from the commands of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.
I have to choose trust, and faith, and cling to this verse-
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
I have to choose God over my own comfort and way, just like the five men and their families in this book, this book that is a very true story, about very real people that made a very real choice to obey God, even when it meant moving their family to the middle of the jungle, and in the end losing their lives to bring Jesus to others. They chose Jesus.
Because of Him,
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