Last night, I preached on the Anatomy of a Trial and we looked at the stages our hardships go through and that in the end, we will notice that God is on our side. It is amazing to me how God's Word is always timely and relevant to whatever we face or whatever generation we live in.
As we talked about trials I shared a story from the life of one of my favorite authors, Andrew Murray. He was a man of prayer and many of his books focus on that subject. But even though he was a prayer warrior, Murray wasn't exempt from hardships.
In 1895, Andrew Murray was in England suffering from a terribly painful back injury,
One morning while he was eating breakfast in his room, his hostess told him of a woman downstairs who was in great trouble and wanted to know if he had any advice for her.
Andrew Murray handed her a paper he had been writing on and said, “Give her this advice I was just writing down for myself”. On the paper was written these reminders.
1. In time of trouble, say, “First, he brought me here. It is by his will I am in this place; in that I will rest.”
2. Say, “He will keep me here in his love, and give me grace in this trial to behave as his child.”
3. Then say, “He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me lessons he intends me to learn, and working in me the grace he means to bestow.”
4. At last, say, “In his good time he can bring me out again. How and when, he knows.”
My friend, these are principles that we can learn from and when we keep these things in perspective, it will help us endure whatever we are going through.
Danny and his wife, Sonya, have been lead pastors at Rogers First Assembly in Rogers, Arkansas since 2008.