You aren’t praying enough.
You aren’t reading the Bible enough.
You aren’t speaking the Word enough.
You aren’t giving enough.
You don’t have enough faith.
You don’t go to church enough.
Because if you were, you wouldn’t be going through the trial you’re going through. All of your needs would be met, and you wouldn’t have any lack.
Except for the one verse I have read that says, “Indeed, we felt within ourselves that we had received the [very] sentence of death, but that was to keep us from trusting in and depending on ourselves instead of on God Who raises the dead.” 1 Cor. 1:9
And this verse: “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” 1 John 3:17
You know, God really does allow trials to come into our lives. And He uses them to produce patience and stronger faith in us.
And then He speaks to His people around us to help us. Many times, they listen and respond. And the person in the trial gets the help they need. Sometimes, people don’t respond in love when they see a need.
Instead they judge and say in their heart: “Well, that person must not be doing enough of something right, or they wouldn’t be in that predicament.”
Then things get really bad for the person going through the trial.
And then the people around them really judge them and say, “They must have brought it on themselves.”
Lord, help us to walk in love and fulfill Galatians 6:10: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Help us to LOVE enough.