"Peace Comes In The Mourning"
"Peace comes from enduring the trials of our life,
Although during it feels like being stuck with a knife,
The pain is grueling as we all know,
But in our heart of hearts it must hurt for us to grow,
As God stretches us to our very limits,
All we can think is "when will this end", counting down the minutes,
The time goes by before our own eyes,
We try waiting patiently for God's reply,
And If we wait just a little longer,
God has promised to be faithful and make us stronger."
I believe some of us treat our trials like a relay race. We start as the gun goes off only to carry our problems ourselves, then we hand it off to someone else (tell a friend), then to God. Then we take the baton back from God because He wasn't working quite fast enough or doing it in the way we thought it should be done. Because it's natural for us to feel the need to be in control of the situation.
You know, God has instructed us to give Him our worries various times in His Word (1 Peter 5:7-"Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."). I wonder how many times we were about to have our prayers answered only to have them be delayed because we couldn't trust God to handle them for us. God never intended for us to go at it alone. We were put on this planet and designed to need someone, not to isolate ourselves from God or people. (1 Corinthians 12:24-26-"while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.")
When we put ourselves in a box, we isolate ourselves from everyone, as to say we don't need anyone. That's not true. We all need someone. We ALL needed a Savior. God knew that, so He sent His Son Jesus. But, we sometimes have a tendency to want to "John Wayne" it, and that wasn't God's plan. I've said this before, God wants the best for us. Is it truly God's best that we go through live alone? With no friends? I think not!
Satan uses isolation when we are going through a struggle. His plan is to keep us away from the flock (church). The very same people that would stand in the gap for us in prayer. The church is the body of Christ. We are called to be there for one another through the good and the bad (1 Thessalonians 5:10-11-"He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."). Look at it this way, wolves hunt in packs, they draw one sheep, usually a young or a weak one away from the rest of the herd. Then they attack it as a group only to devour it. Satan, plays the same game with God's people. He does it in a patient manner though. It may be through the music we listen too, t.v. computer. Now, none of these things are bad in moderation. But they can all be used as tools to draw us away from spending time with God, family, friends, everybody from the outside world. Then when he's got us there he starts putting thoughts in our heads that shouldn't be there.
And if we allow this for very long without reinforcing our thoughts with the Word of God, you may start believing them. That's the point where Satan has hooked you. And you don't even realize you've been caught. The mind is a battlefield, we must protect it with the artillery of God's Word! You know, Jesus intercedes for us in Romans 8:34-"Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died-more than that, who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us."
So, Paul says Jesus is interceding for us in Heaven. God has acquitted us and has removed our sin and guilt, so it is Satan, not God, who accuses us. When he does, Jesus, our advocate for our defense, stands at God's right hand to present our case. Now you see, we have a Trial Lawyer, His name is Jesus!