My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:2-3
The proverbial saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ means that no matter how ugly or difficult a situation looks, you can always find something beautiful or positive in it (Isaiah 61:3). You see, I found a gray hair last week. I thought, this must be the beginning of the end! I know most of you are rolling your eyes as you read this. Nevertheless, I am sharing this with you because I believe God put that ONE gray hair there, as it inspired me to write this. If I held a vote in the church on whether people viewed change as good or bad, I’m certain there would be a consensus. Well church, we are indeed going through, ‘The Change.’ God is taking us to the next place on our journey, and with new levels come trials and testing. The battles we face can seem arduous at best; give us gray hair even? I’m kidding. But God is telling us not to give up. He didn’t bring us this far for nothing! Stay on the boat even if it seems like everything is falling apart around you (Acts 27). God is faithful, and His timing is perfect. He will get us there, have faith! (Proverbs 3:5) The journey is just as important as the destination, if not more! He is using it to grow us in His grace and wisdom, so we are prepared for a divine appointment! (2 Peter 3:18, Habakkuk 2:3). This is the year of miracles and testimonies. Don’t give up on the brink of a miracle!
In Genesis 44-45, Joseph had a dream; a promise from God, yet everything seemed to work against him. He remained faithful to God through his tests and trials, and God moved him from the prison to the palace! If we are moving church, that’s a good sign! When he reached his destination, he was prepared for what was coming next. God works ALL things together for good; even the bad. He’s got a plan! (Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11). We need to trust God’s process even in the thick of the battle. Don’t get ahead of God (Deuteronomy 7:22). Joseph and his brothers experienced the restorative power of God. We will too! (Joel 2:25) That silver cup in Benjamin’s sack was a blessing in disguise! you may see your situation as a setback, but it may just be a setup!
“That’s not a gray hair, honey. That’s your silver lining.” Pamela Price