In the Message Translation it says:
“12 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. 13 Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.”
God’s been speaking to me about jumping to conclusions – or speculating – of late. It’s such an easy thing to do when things are tough. My mind races in a vain attempt to trouble shoot the difficulties and to find a way out. The Bible is reminding me here that I am to expect difficulties and to trust that God is on the job refining me. I am not to jump to the conclusion [speculate] that He took a lunch break just when I needed Him!
Oh God – I am not so good at this – but I want to allow You to transform me – to refine me. Help me seek You – not comfort. Help me trust You know what you are doing – even when I have no idea. I choose to trust that You are at work in me, You are present with me and that you will help me through.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn