”But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away” (Mark 4:17).
It is so hard to live a life full of faith while suffering through illness and pain. One day things might be good–we overdo it and our bodies pay the consequences.
How do we respond when those days of illness and pain overwhelm us? Do we respond as the world does or do we live in faith? Do we suffer in the peace and joy of God? Do you allow God to work through you and your affliction?
Jesus spoke about this very thing in Mark 4:17. Many are happy to receive the Word, which means both the Word of God and the words of Jesus. But what happens when the storms of life come along?
Many people don’t allow the Word to penetrate and take root in their lives and they allow the devil to snatch away everything that God has given them. They lose their faith, go back to their old ways until the storm passes, and only worship God in the good times of life.
Jesus calls us to walk with Him in the good and bad times. He wants us to show that in the afflictions of life we can place all our stress and burdens upon Him. Don’t carry these burdens alone, but allow the Lord to carry them for you as He walks with you through the storm.
Don’t allow the devil to keep you from a daily walk with God–no matter how you feel. Read the Word, pray, place yourself in His presence, and allow the storms of life to deepen your faith in Jesus. Allow everything that Jesus has to offer us to take root in your life so that you can endure faithfully to the end.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that you have planted the seed of the Gospel in my heart. Allow it to take root and develop my faith so that it can see me through the good and bad times of life. May You help me to give You my burdens in those bad times so that others may see You working in my life and that it may draw them to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
About the Author:
Charles Wells is an ordained minister who lives in Texas with his 12-year-old son, 9-year-old daughter, and his wife. He suffers from major spinal problems and has had three major back surgeries. He has taken this pain and uses it for God’s glory by ministering to people in nursing homes, rehab centers and writing on these experiences. You may visit his blog at http://revcawells.wordpress.com.
How can you respond when afflictions come that shows others that Jesus working in your life?
This is the group Addison Road signing “My Story.” They lyrics share how it’s not another song about all the reasons one is stressed, or how one must get feelings off his or her chest. It is just a song about how we are a part of God’s story–the story is not all about us. It’s a beautiful reminder of how staying rooted in Jesus helps us keep perspective on every little thing about our life. -Lisa