If you're too young to remember car phones and 8-track players, you may not know who Keith Green is. But the words he sang in the song "Trials Turned to Gold" are just as relevant today as they were when he released them in 1977.
The view from here is nothing near to what it is for You. I tried to see Your plan for me, but I only acted like I knew. Oh Lord, forgive the times I tried to read Your mind 'cause You said if I'd be still, then I would hear Your voice.
Many of us face very real, difficult trials every single day. Being a Christian doesn't save us from this. But knowing that our Savior is by our side and can see the big picture no matter the trials we face is comforting for many reasons. It reassures us that we are not alone in our struggles and pain. And it gives us a higher perspective of our troubles--the knowledge that they are accomplishing a greater purpose within us and in the world.
We are reminded of this purpose in James 1:2-4 where James gives us the seemingly unreasonable command to have joy in our trials.
Have joy in trials? It seems almost impossible! But from the perspective of God, it makes sense. Our trials bring us closer to Him and leave us lacking in nothing.
We may not want to face trials in our lives, and we may not immediately see them as beneficial or necessary. But we don't have God's perspective. Or as Keith Green put it, "The view from here is nothing near to what it is for God."
Even when our world shakes, we never leave the hands, or the plan, of God.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the hope I have in You even through trials. Please help me to have Your perspective as I experience difficulties in life. I trust You to achieve good things through my struggles. Thank you that even when my world is unsteady, I can always be confident in You. Amen.
This devotional is a companion piece to the book Why? Answers to Weather the Storms of Life. Get your copy here to dive deeper into understanding God's plan for you in your trials.