Forged in the Midst of Hard Times

An excerpt from the conclusion of, Treasures from the Battle.

In our lives we do not always understand the battles that we must fight or the valleys that we must walk through, but remember that no battle is ever won without spoils or riches taken after the defeat of an enemy. When God gave me the title, “Treasures from the Battle” I did not feel the title spoke only  about the contents of the book or a specific challenging time in my life, instead, I felt as though the title had more to do with my whole life’s journey. The title Treasures from the Battle has to do with the beautiful qualities God wants to reveal in us; ironically, these qualities are all too often forged in times that are not easy or comfortable. The potential for God to teach us some of our most valuable life lessons often takes place during some of the most difficult times in our lives. I don’t necessarily understand why, but this is just the way God seems to work many times.

One thing I do know: God never intends for any of us to remain the same person exiting a battle as when the battle began. Hard times are intended to transform each of us, to a greater degree, into the woman God has purposed. Again and again, over the course of our lives, God takes us through challenging times so that we might walk in the fullness of our identity. As the book of Hebrews 5:8 states, Jesus learned obedience through what he suffered.” He became our faithful High Priest only by walking in our shoes and dying for our sins. Because he walked in our shoes, he has the ability to relate to us and to be sensitive to the struggles are facing. The Bible also tells us he was tempted in all points as we are, only he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15) He became like us, so that he could relate to us in all our struggles. This included enduring some of life’s most difficult and stressful times.

One of the ways God accomplishes his purposes in our lives is by drawing us to himself. In times where we face trouble or crisis, the believer will do one of two things; either she will run to God, or she will retreat from God. It is God’s desire that we run to him. All too often, in the  ordinary days of our lives that are filled with obligations of all sorts, it is easy to fail to give attention to God through prayer, mediation or the reading of his word as we should. Yet when we are enshrouded in the midst of darkness due to tumultuous times in our lives, his love, his light and his leading become more obvious. In the times when we do not know what to do or where to turn, we find our hope in God.  It is when we are looking to him alone, that he can begin to reveal to us  the wisdom and knowledge that is unique to each of our life circumstances.  Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I  will show you great and mighty things that you do not know.”

It is the things that we do not know that are going to change our lives forever. And it is these things that the Father longs to reveal to us. Unfortunately, most of time this objective is only reached in the heat of battle. In other words, most of the times, what God wants to use to transform our lives does come easy. But take a moment and imagine God speaking to you. In the deepest part of your heart: hear or feel him speaking these words,”If you will only take my hand, and allow me to walk you through time; allow me to be your support and comfort. Then I will show you great and mighty things that you do not know. If you will keep your eyes focused on me, seeking me with your whole heart, the wisdom, knowledge and peace I give become the treasures that will change your life. Only then will you experience all that you thought was impossible.”

On the other side of hardship is wisdom, peace and reward. As long we persevere, keeping our eyes on him. God will make us victorious, for there is no defeat in him.

Be blessed.

Tanya

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