Many a times, things go out of control and very often, the heart becomes heavy and its pain is hidden. When it is getting more burdensome, sometimes, eyes have to look up to prevent a drop from falling. When it is no longer easy to bear, fingers move fast to wipe it before anyone can see the tear.

 How can it be easy, when this world is a troubled world? Man is born to trouble yet Heaven is aware. Man has no trouble that is not registered in Heaven. Sometimes God allows that painful situation in life, just to draw you closer to Him or to strengthen your faith, because our faith grows stronger in difficulties.

 Has your situation weighed you down? Be encouraged today, Psalm 56:8-9 (NKJV) says, “You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book? When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me.”

God never forgets. People don’t want to feel pain in this life but want to be appreciated. Do you know that what makes a pearl is tears? And that is the reason pearls are priceless. In the same way, you need to be melted, moulded and filled before you can be a pearl of usefulness for Christ.

 All want to be appreciated as a pearl and yet, not everyone is ready to go through the transformation process. Jesus wants to transform you into a precious gem but many times, you don’t allow Him to do so, because that is not the easiest way. Sometimes, God may allow some situations to come your way but how you respond to it will determine what will become of you. Will you come out as a precious pearl or remain the old man inside you?

 In the midst of your trouble, when you look at Jesus, you will enjoy the taste of honey while swallowing your tears. Remember, Someone is somewhere counting your tears and turning them into precious pearls. As long as we live in this world, hurt, pain, disappointment will continue to come but your tears for God’s sake, your steadfast obedience to the Word of God in the midst of them will produce a pearl of great price. Matthew 13:45 says, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

 I will leave you with a question for your heart: Will the merchant find a pearl of great price in you? 

THE SACRIFICE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“There is no time to do what is right. We must set our heart to obey the Word of God, all the time. God’s kind of lifestyle calls us to do what is right in the sight of God at all times, even though it is contrary to what we naturally want to do. Choosing to do what is right is a great test to the flesh.

What is the sacrifice of righteousness? Choosing to do God’s will rather than our own. When our flesh says hate, God says love. It takes sacrificial love to love your enemy and to pray for them. These are the weapons of righteousness. This is the sacrifice that Jesus looks at and rewards. Even though that might not be a grand, or outward sacrifice, it is what Jesus values.”

LIFE ANEW

“When we talk of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are talking of the rare opportunity He has given to all believers to experience a new beginning – a situation in which every dead area of our lives receives life anew.

We are dead to our past and alive to our future. Sin’s power over us is broken and we now put on Christ’s new life: we live in Him, move in Him and have our being in Him. Herein lies the significance of resurrection.”

THE LORD HAS CHASED YOUR ENEMY

“How many of us like the people within the dying city, struck by famine, give in to fear, desperation and refuse to venture outside when God has chased our enemy away? Fear can cripple and torment us, and rob us of life’s opportunities. How many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and even years have been wasted due to fear.”