That Thing is Your School Teacher
We have to plan these things. Okay, how am I going to show her love today? I’m going to give her a really big smile, and give her a super enthusiastic greeting every morning. And when she says those hurtful words that tempt me to do something about it, I’ll not even respond; I think perhaps I’ll smile and say something kind.
Yes, we need to be intentional about loving.
That circumstance, the fact that you have an annoying roommate, co-worker, or neighbour is for your own good. And I’ll prove it to you:
“and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.” – (Mark 4:17 NKJV)
Jesus was telling this famous parable of the sower, and he went on to explain that the seeds in the parable represented the word of God. “For the sake of the word.” Let’s think about that for a minute. To me it’s similar to the idea of a seed planted in the soil, and for the sake of the potential plant or tree in it, it has to go through “tough times” in the ground, buried in the darkness and cold, waiting, not knowing when it would get to shoot out of the soil into the beautiful sunlit day.
The trials come to make the word bear fruit, but impatience, fear, reasonable concerns, cause people to give up too quickly and then wither away. Without trials, the word in us is untested and unproven in our lives. How can we have faith when there’s no reason to doubt?
That bothersome thing, that circumstance, that person, that difficult time, is your school teacher. When it comes, you’re supposed to recognize it at once and say, “By the grace of God, I will pass this test. I’m going to grow. I’ll stick with the truth. I’m building my muscles for sure. I’m not leaving this season the same. I am morphing into a butterfly.”
I’m going to love. I’m going to trust. I’m going to be patient. I will choose God. I will hold on in faith. I will persevere. I will wait.
When it tries to tempt to you, to make you fear, or to make you fall, it’s a school teacher, and you can pass the test. It’s for your sake and not against you, that is, according to God’s design and plan. It’s working for your good in Christ.
Yes the devil tries to hurt you; what he means for evil, God turns for your good – for your deliverance. Remember Joseph’s statement to his brothers?
We have to walk by faith. That’s what the Bible says, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17) It’s a daily pursuit, and it’s a battle. Christ has already overcome, and we have to walk in the victory. This is how we overcome. Yes, we overcome by the blood of Jesus and by the word of our testimony and we must live out the truth we profess. As long as we are in this world, these not good things are working together for our good in Christ. Amen.