We are flabbergasted, stunned, shocked, astounded and amazed at times by what God seems to allow to happen in our lives…troubles, trials, tragedies, temptations…of MANY KINDS!
ALL KINDS come at us…sometimes it seems in truck loads!
LIFE…LIFE is hard enough…then add to it what can appear as the insensitive, thoughtless statements that are made to us by God’s Word…
1Thessalonians 5:18 “…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Are you SERIOUS?
Giving THANKS? FOR THIS? IN the MIDST of THIS? How can it even SAY that?
And what about…
James 1:2“Consider it pure joy,my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds…”
Are you KIDDING ME? We are supposed to consider it PURE JOY to face all these trials that come our way? WHAT? WHAT? WHAT DO YOU MEAN? ARE YOU KIDDING?
There is an old fable...maybe you heard it before?
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried pitifully for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
So he invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later,the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back,the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take astep up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed, as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
Sometimes we just need to shake it off, and take a STEP UP! OH, the WISDOM to shake it off and take a step up! One day at a time. Sometimes one moment at a time. Just one MOMENT at a time...shake it OFF, and step up....step up just a LITTLE BIT higher!!
Wisdom…we ALL need WISDOM about HOW to survive though the various trials we are all going through…and BELIEVE me, we are ALL going through trials…
But PLEASE hear this...the truest WISDOM is not to JUST survive through trials. It is to come closer and depend even more on God in the midst of the trials!
Paul says this in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (ESV) “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.  He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.  You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”
We all need WISDOM to get through our situations…
We need to realize that God is so often throwing shovels of dirt our way, for us to step up onto. His grace is like that, flowing down from heaven, if we would just receive it and step up on it!
We need to LISTEN, to! Hear His words of comfort from up on high, echoing down sweetly to us, words of comfort and encouragement, that He IS nearby, that He DOES love us, that He IS caring for us, that He DOES know!
Learn the lesson, grow in the wisdom Paul grew in! Rely NOT on yourself, but on GOD, who raises the dead! So even as you feel the despairs that feel like you are despairing even of life itself, draw close to God, rely on HIM, and KNOW...BELIEVE...TRUST...set your hope on HIM, that He will deliver you!
Do the donkey dance, as your Father sings over you, and shovels more and more grace your way, making a way for your deliverance!