Mercies In Disguise

Hello fellas! Hope you are having a great day. I finally have the time to update my blog. So 2 weeks ago, my friend shared a very meaningful song by Laura Story. It is called “Blessings”. This song has served as a wake up call. If you have not listened to it yet, I recommend that you spare some time and listen to it. You can thank me later 😉
What comes up to your mind when you hear the word ‘blessing’? Money? Health? Job? Relationship? Family? Basically, all the good things in life. But do you realize that blessings are not always about the good, but also the bad? Whoa Kim, you gotta be kidding me?! Hahaha. No. For real.
Many times in our lives, we pray for blessings, peace, comfort, protection, healing, prosperity, you name it. God heard each spoken prayer. But He does not simply give every single thing you want, instead He gives you what you need. When you ask God for strength, He gives you weakness so you will depend on Him and let His strength work in you. When you ask for riches, He gives you poverty so you can be content and realize that His love is all you need. He loves us way too much to give us lesser things.
God works that way. But lots of times when troubles come, we fail to acknowledge that that’s the way God works in our lives. We become angry when we are given trials instead of happiness, obstacles instead of a smooth journey, and affliction instead of comfort. We start to doubt His goodness, His love, His promises. But really, there is nothing to doubt. God may let trials and obstacles to happen in our lives, but He will be there with us, He will neverleave us, nor forsake us (Hebrews13:5). If God brings us to it, He will bring us through it! Always remember that He works best in our weaknesses.
So, how can a trial be a blessing? Trials will develop your endurance. (“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” James 1:2-3) And then character, then hope. (“And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” Romans 5:4) And it will makes us realize that God is near. When trials come and we choose to keep our trust in Him, we will build this deep intimacy with the Lord we never imagined, we can only stand in awe of His unfailing love, His presence, and His strength. Isn’t it more valuable than any other things this world can offer?
God has a reason behind everything, including every trial you face, or every pain you feel. And it is only a matter of time until it will be revealed to you. (“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18) What matters is how you respond. When trouble is in your way, how will you respond? Will you remain faithful and walk with Him even in darkness? Will you keep on relying on God with unquestioning confidence? Or will you judge Him based on what He gives you in the present?
I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
-The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier
“And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?”

God bless you!

Kimberly Subianto


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