Just how do we make lemonade out of lemons? Well, today’s post is a repost from The Christian Life blog written by Trisha Carter, and I hope and pray it’s a blessing to you and will answer the question at hand. Blessings to you from Devotions for Teachers!
3 bible verses to hold onto when life gives you lemons
Life has become a journey of ups and downs. A journey of good and bad, easy and difficult that we probably will never get used to. We become so familiar with everything going well, that when the bad time comes, our faith is shaken. We forget how God brought us out of our previous difficult time into our good. This is expected.
Many times, I ask myself, “Is everything really working for my good?” “Is God really working it out in the background?” Where is the well in my life? We sing the song, “It Is Well” but is it really? I know these are quite a number of questions, but it is the reality that we go through everyday when we are faced with trials and tribulations.
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Luke 22:31-32 (NKJV)
My prayer is always that my faith would not fail. It’s so easy in the bad times, to have doubt and unbelief. It’s easy to think that God has probably forgotten about us or that what He promised, He is no longer going to fulfill. However, these thoughts must not overcome us. Every thought should be cast down and brought into captivity.
Where is my well? Where is your well?
Our well is found in the One who says that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Our well is in God. I remember the many times when I felt life was turning upside down.
I remember the many times that life threw lemons in my direction. However in those times, I reflected on the words spoken such as:
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18 (NKJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
When life threw lemons, I made lemonade. I turned my situation around by reminding myself of the promises of God.
This is not to say that it would be easy and after saying these verses, everything is going to change instantly. God works in mysterious ways and He is using our present situation to form us into what He has called us to be and into the image of His Son. We’re in the pruning process.
It’s ok! I admit the pruning process is not easy but it is worth it. You may not see the light at the end of your tunnel right now, but be assured that it is there. Be assured that even though it does not seem well, it will be well because God is working on our behalf and He is for us.
About the author of this guest post:
Trisha Carter is a young woman from the island of Barbados and is the founder of The Christian Life Blog. She is a lover of God and seeks to use her gift of writing to encourage, empower, and transform those who read for the glory of God.
God bless you while you make lots of lemonade in your classroom as well as your personal life this week, dear teachers! Until next week, stay devoted.