We all take comfort in acknowledging that it is God who leads us out of trials. It is another thing to equally acknowledge that it is that same God who leads us into the trials in the first place.
Once we come to believe that God leads us in, to bring us out, for our good and His glory …. our perspective on our current trials takes on a whole new perspective. We can look forward with expectation of what it is that He has in mind according to His purposes. These purposes may (often do) confront our own, and bring us to a place of surrendering our will to His.
I had a wonderful time covering this passage while starting our “Radical” series at FBC Holley … and I am grateful that God brought this reminder to me, and reinforced it through preaching it … before he asked our family to walk it.