Families ripped apart by financial, personal and physical storms. It is life changing when you walk through a dark valley in your life. You might even question, where are you God, I need you. He is there and you will never cry alone.
He chooses to use tough times to shape our lives. Tough times for Christians test our identity as Christians. Read Matt 13:1-23 some time. Tough times test our faith and test our sense of purpose. Years ago when my daughters fingers got cut off I remember having my faith tested in what I valued most. It was a very tough time to walk through. I found out that I was not in control.
Trials in our life teach us to fully rely on the one we say we believe in so deeply (2 Cor 1:8-11 teaches this very clearly).
The sad part is that some never pass the test. “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good” (Titus 1:16).
God has a centrality. He is always there for us. He is the unshakable, an unmovable rock. I need to understand that strength comes in my weakness.
In your deep pain and tough time, claim John 14:27…. My peace I give you, but not as this world gives. Do not be troubled. In this world you will have tough times, but I have overcome the world.