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  • Israel Ekundayo

YOU CAN BE A BLESSING IN YOUR MOST DIFFICULT TIMES

*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*

*YOU CAN BE A BLESSING IN YOUR MOST DIFFICULT TIMES.*

*Scripture Treasure.*

2 Cor 4:8 *We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;*

*Insight and Highlight.*

You can be a blessing in time of your distress. You can bring the best out of what you may be going through.

*Scripture Commentaries.*

Pain is not pleasant.

Oftentimes, however, pain brings gain because of its voice.

For example pain helps you to listen to your body. When your body, aches, it is indicative of a pain or discomfort somewhere therein.

When you are in pain, you feel it and you end up with an appointment with the doctor. This is the voice of pain.

Besides bodily pain, there are other things that are indications of pain. For example disappointments, grief, tough times etc. All these walk along with sadness and can be painful, Ps 88:3, 116:3.

What we went through in the past may still evoke sad memories in the present how much more what we are going through in the present.

We must be assured that God often allows tough times to achieve a purpose.

Staying strong in the midst of our troubles will help bring out the best, not only for ourselves but for other people and future generations in posterity.

Most of the hymns we sing today came out of sad moments. They came from people who stayed strong in their difficult times.

As a result of their staying strong, they were inspired to pen down these hymns that have become a source of comfort in times of troubles and tragedies.

Francis Lyte wrote a hymn that, today, remains so pensive and empatic in "Abide with Me" as he was dying of tuberculosis.

These, though sad, were compelling songs of hymns and they do find root in God's word encouraging us that we can call on God and He can help us to overcome hardship and tragedy.

Lyte did write other hymns. Others include "Praise, my soul, the king of heaven", however, "Abide With Me", proved to be his most enduring legacy. This, when sung, is often accompanied with expressions of very deep emotions from most people.

Lyte wrote the hymn just two weeks before he died,

Inspired hymns like "When peace like a river" was written by Horacio Spafford, a lawyer, who later turned Evangelist. He wrote the hymn after his family tragedy. He lost four daughters when the vessel they were traveling collided with another one on the sea. His wife was spared.

When comforted, he was reported to have said "It is well; the will of God be done".

Staying strong in times of trouble is key, Ps 23:1-4. Doing so opens the door for God's comforting words to sink into us

These hymns and many others may sound as sad songs, but "sad songs, they say, say so much" and they have inspired restoration, revival and comfort to people in tough times.

Stay strong in the midst of your storms.

God is speaking. You need to hear Him.

His word of comfort will help you survive the storms and make you a blessing to your present and future generations of people.

Grief, tragedy, sad songs shall not be your portion.

You will be triumphant, in Jesus name.

*Remorse corner*.

There are times we may not understand the "whys" of life when the only thing left is to just confess our faith in God's providence even when we do not understand.

*Call to Word action.*

Circumstances have on occasion brought us close to despair. Believe they will make a turn toward the positive.

Psalm 94:17 *Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.*

*The Christian clarion duty.*

Think for a moment when you are sad and are tempted to give up. Do not let any situation overwhelm you. You may be inspired to produce something to bless yourself and others in your present and future generations

Do not give up. Remember these insipirational quotes "our needs brings out creativity", "neccesity is the mother of invention".

Most importantly is Gal 6:9 "So let us not be weary in well-doing for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."(Gal. 6.9).

*Prayer*

Lord, help me when l am tempted to give up. Help me to stay strong instead.

Let me overcome any problem that comes my way, in Jesus name.

Good morning all and have a blessed day.

God bless you.

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