Today everybody seems to be going on with their busy lives and neglect worshiping God. We think we are self-sufficient, have everything we need in life, and have all the comforts of life. We work full time jobs, have busy lives and continue on with our lives until something happens which bring us to a dead stop. Perhaps we come down with an illness or lose our jobs. Perhaps our house burns down or we fall and break a bone. Then we begin to question “Why?” We wonder, Why did this happen to me? The answer is simple: sometimes it takes those unexpected trials and tribulations that bring us closer to God. After something happens, we are forced to slow down and look to the Father. Now we realize that we need God. We are no longer self sufficient but human. We need God to help us. Now we are truly humbled, and realize how much we truly need God.
Sometimes God allows people to go through things in their lives which molds them into his perfect image. Sometimes things, trials, tribulations, hardships come into our lives, because he wants us to seek him for comfort, help or guidance; and when he does give us comfort or help; we have a tendency to worship him the more. We actually start to praise him, because we see the miracles that he has performed. We see how he rescues us from death, or illness or financial troubles.
Last couple months, my family has been going through their share of troubles. My nephew quit breathing and was put on a ventilator. My sister got some terrible news about her husbands health. My dad has a small amount of blood flow going to his leg, and he needs surgery or he will lose it. My mother fell and had a possible stroke. My health has declined and I have had to take more time off work. My niece almost lost her baby she was carrying and almost died herself because of placenta previa.
The more trials that have come my way, the more humble I become. I realize that I am nothing without God. I am merely a servant of the Lord, Jesus Christ. God expects his people to come to him in humility and with praise. If we are lifted up in pride, we cannot lift up the Lord the way he deserves. We are concerned more for our own selfish things, instead of honoring and worshiping God.
I am convinced that the Lord is working mightily in these days to sanctify his church. He is getting his church ready to be with him. The Bible tells us that he will return and call his children home to be with him. I know that we all should be molded into the image of God and separated from the world. In Jeremiah Chapter 18 we read the story about the Potter and how he wanted to mold a vessel unto honor and not dishonor. Jeremiah 18:4 says, “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” When these trials come into our lives, God could be molding us unto a vessel of honor. Allow God to work in your lives; pray God will mold you into his image.
Genesis 1:27- So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Revelation 3:17- Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
2 Timothy 2:21- If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
Hebrews 1:3- Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
Jeremiah 18:4- And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Romans 9:21- Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
Isaiah 64:8- But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.