We rejoice when God blesses, even though we know we are not worthy. But do we also rejoice when problems are coming our way? Our experience has been that the greater the miracles and blessings, the more angry Satan becomes, and the more he tries to hinder God’s work. But his attacks are just blessings in disguise. Let me explain.
This past January, my husband and I once again began the year with 21 days of prayer and fasting (Daniel’s fast) as we dedicated our new year to Him. We do this each year because we recognize that the work that lies before us is too big for us to accomplish in our own strength. We must have the Holy Spirit’s power.
As we started the 21 days of prayer and fasting this year, our spirits were high. In fact, as we went along, we were being refreshed and rejuvenated. It was wonderful. However, a week into our fast, as I was walking to school one day, I thought to myself: “God has blessed us so much in the past 3 years. It still feels like a beautiful dream that we are married, that we have our medical missionary training and that we are now starting a lifestyle center. We’ve seen so many miracles and answers to prayer. It’s interesting though, that we haven’t seen very serious attacks of the enemy recently. I wonder if we are still on the right path, or if we will be ready when he throws his darts of discouragement at us again?”
Well, in less than three hours I began to find the answers to these questions, for that very day, disaster struck. And, over the next 10 days, problems increased one after another; From flood, to car accident, to broken computer, to destruction of physical property, to loss of some precious possessions—like my wedding dress, the list goes on.
As the days went by, we literally began to wonder, “What is going to happen next?” We couldn’t remember a time that we’d experienced so many trials and spiritual attacks all at once.
As you can imagine, it hasn’t been easy and comfortable for us, however, we have been learning to “glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience” (Rom. 5:3). We are also claiming the promise that, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31).
Knowing that God is for us is what sustains us! This is what helps us to go forward. If we lose temporal possessions here on earth in order that God can be more fully glorified in our lives, than so be it. Really, with eternity in view, Satan’s attacks are just blessings in disguise.
Oswald Chambers writes, “If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.”
Today we rejoice in the Lord who is our strength and peace both in trial and in blessings!
Raluca Ril, and her husband Roman are working as missionaries in Germany. They are the authors of the Ten Days of Prayer materials (2015-2016) for the world church, and are passionate both about prayer and about health ministry.
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