Why is it that when you have an especially tight deadline for a church communication project that the printer jams and the church phone won’t stop ringing?
We seldom have the time or the perfect setting in which to create our church communications, but in our podcast today I hope I’ll help you see how God has a purpose in whatever challenges you face.
Below is the podcast and below the podcast is a copy of the devotion.
Devotion #7: Difficulties and testing are as much a part of God's plan as blessings
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. (Deut. 7:13)
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. (Matt. 4:1)
These are difficult words. We like to focus on God’s promises of provision and joy in our lives. To be reminded that difficulties and testing are also allowed by our God—we’d rather not think about that option.
But difficulties are a part of life, especially a life spent working on church communications. The world of computer-created communication will never stop changing; it will never become less complex and demanding. Temptations to despair, frustration, and anger are part of our work.
Sometimes the team of people we work with doesn’t make our load lighter, but heavier. Sometimes we can’t explain why we aren’t able to produce what they want and we don’t know how to fix the problems. Sometimes we are shocked by the anger and resentment that wells up in response to what we consider an unreasonable demand.
At those times, these verses can comfort us because even our troubles have a good purpose. We never know how strong a rope is until a weight is hung from it. We never know how genuine our trust in God is until it’s tested in the daily grind of projects and deadlines. We might assume we rely on God in every area of our lives, but until we absolutely cannot handle a technology or communication team issue without Him, we may not realize how we have left this part of our life out of His guidance and control.Continue Reading