Blessings in Disguise

We may feel like God is not blessing us because circumstances seem contradictory.

However, many trials are blessings in disguise.

Remember the beloved disciple John?

After a lifetime of faithful witnessing, John is banished to the Island of Patmos.  The Romans had first tried to kill him by boiling him in hot oil, but John miraculously survived. So they exiled him.

Satan seemed to have won. After all, he was separated from his friends and co-workers.  He was removed from all opportunities for ministry.  It was just him, the rocks, and the churning sea.

But God had not left him.

“The desolate place of his exile proved to him to be the gate of heaven. He says, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day”the holy day that God had blessed and set apart as His own—“and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book…. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man.”… – {Christ Triumphant p 314}

Although John seemed alone and abandoned, Jesus used the opportunity to bless him with the greatest visions of the Great Controversy, the end times, heaven and the New Earth.  Christ Himself showed him His glory.

At his loneliest moment, God gave him a Revelation of Jesus Christ – and John bore witness and shared his testimony, providing us with precious prophecies.

In your trials, do not believe the Enemy who suggests He has rejected or forsaken you.  Believe Him when He says, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt 18:20).

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . .  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-38).

So look for a revelation of Jesus – and share that testimony!

Father God, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.  Thank you for your unquenchable love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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