Trials, trials, and more trials. Ugh. Teaching amidst the backdrop of personal trials and tribulations can be a daunting task sometimes. My pastor always says we are all either going into a trial, in the middle of a trial, or coming out of one. If you find yourself (like I am at the moment) in the middle of what seems as if it’s a bad dream, then let me ask you, How are you doing? Personally, I’m hanging in there but will certainly be glad when my current trials are behind me.
So, the question I’ve been asking myself lately is how do I teach on all cylinders when the weight of the world seems as if it’s sitting on my shoulders? I know you and I both want to be the best teacher we can be for our students. For me, that includes teaching as well as ministering to my students. Herein lies the problem.
Perhaps, you are like me and have been teaching for several years. We can do the teaching part with no problem – just push the automatic pilot button and teach on, right? But the ministering part, well, that’s a different story, because now WE are the ones who are suffering, and therefore WE are the ones in need of ministry. And, let’s face it, it’s hard to put a smile on our face when all we feel like doing is crying our eyes out. I personally don’t want or like to teach on automatic pilot though, and, I believe that God doesn’t want that either. While I’m navigating through some heavy duty trials right now, there are some things the Lord has been impressing upon my heart to help me find my way through the darkness.
Although there are several passages about pressing on in the midst of trials in God’s word, the Lord has been graciously nudging me toward the book of Joshua lately concerning by current circumstances. Three different times in the first chapter alone, God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous, and three different times He states He will be with him or never leave and forsake him. Hmmm. We need to pause and think on that for just a minute as it must be important if it’s worth repeating 3 times…
ESV — Joshua 1
God Commissions Joshua
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Just think about leading a few million Israelites into the promised land. The fear and difficulty could have easily overwhelmed and beset Joshua for sure. So what did God tell him? What does God tell us? After all, we are his children too. He loves us just as much as He loved Joshua. When trouble rains down on us like hail in a thunderstorm, God tells us, just as he told Joshua and just like we would tell our own children, BE STRONG, BE COURAGEOUS, I’M NEVER GOING TO LEAVE YOU AND I’LL NEVER FORSAKE YOU. Remember, God is sovereign, He holds us firmly in the palm of his hand, and everything is filtered through His fingers of love.
He is the one that will be with us through the trial. He is the one cheering us on through the trial. He is the one coaching us through the trial. He is the only reason we will be able to function through the trial. My fellow teachers, we simply cannot endure our trials without Him. We can do N O T H I N G without Him… especially teach in the midst of it all when the winds are howling and threatening to extinguish the flame of the candle in our windows.
…completely, unequivocally, and at all times staying as close to God as possible. It’s essential in triumphing through trials.
Please stop by next week for part 2 of How Are You Doing? Until then stay devoted, and God bless you dear Christian teachers.
#BeStrong #BeCourageous #DrawNearToGod