|The Glory of Troubles
Chaplain Russell C. Lambert
|Chaplain Russell C. Lambert
Romans 5: 3-5 … but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Why in the world would a Christian glory in his troubles? It is because God uses all things to our good. We are certainly an impatient people; yet patience is one of the many virtues God wants to cultivate in our lives as His children. So by facing our troubles with Him and waiting for His resolution we learn patience. Even when we finally learn this lesson we must go through refresher courses every now and then because we have a tendency to forget
And what does patience bring us? Why experience. Experience with a good and faithful God, that no matter what the trouble is, or how long it takes us to go through it, that God is always with us. We gain the experience of having Him take our troubles on Himself when we let go of our burdens and turn them over to Him.
Our newfound patience, brought about by our experience with the grace and mercy of our loving Lord then gives us hope. Hope that whatever else we may have to face in life that the Lord will be with us. Which in turn gives us an expectancy of the blessed hope, the resurrection to be with our Lord Jesus when He returns in the air, at the last trump to call us out of our troubles.
And because of the love that only Jesus could impart to us through the Holy Ghost, we are not ashamed to share the Gospel of salvation and redemption, with a lost and dying world
Chaplain Lambert is available for Church Consulting and Coaching, Church Growth Seminars, Evangelistic Outreach, and Christian Concerts.
Pastor Russell C. Lambert is the President of Life Passage Ministries, a religious charity, medical family help, and church consulting non-profit organization, an ordained Baptist Minister, a licensed Non-Denominational Chaplain and certified Police Chaplain. His ministry over the years has included virtually every facet, with highlights of five Pastorates, a Church Planter, Police Chaplain, Community Chaplain, and Worship Leader, serving in Arizona, Oregon and Washington state. He is considered a well-rounded vocalist, having performed in the professional arena for three years. He has also served 15 years in Corrections and Law Enforcement, from Officer through Lieutenant with stints as a Tactical Support Unit member, Academy Instructor, and Police Firearms Instructor. He participates in many areas of community involvement.