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    November 9, 2020
    Where is the Nearest Exit?
    Mary Southerland

    Today's Truth
    We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance (Romans 5:3, NLT).

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    Have you heard about the tiny sea turtles that, when hatched, must make their way across the seashore to the ocean? If a person picks them up and helps them get to the water, they will die. Why? It is in their struggle through the sand that their little flippers are strengthened. People mean well. They think they are helping the tiny sea creature. But removing the struggle is actually harmful to the turtles. Without strong flippers they can't swim. The waves overtake them, and they cannot survive.

    How often have we wished for and even prayed for a trouble-free life? No problems. No trials. But like that tiny sea turtle, if we had a life void of trouble and difficult circumstances, our faith would not grow. We would not develop endurance. We would be weak where we need to be strong.

    Jesus asks us to trust Him in our trials – to rejoice even when we find ourselves stuck in the middle of a storm. Not all storms come to disrupt our life journey. Some come to clear the path. And even the storms that come as a result of our poor choices – He is still God!

    When God allows us to go through a storm, it is to allow us to see Him in a new way and on a different level. When God allows us to go through a storm, it is for us to receive something from Him that we cannot receive any other way. The prophet Isaiah nails this truth when he writes:

    God tell us, "When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you" (Isaiah 43:2, NLT).

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