Every single one of us will face hardship at some point in our lives, and guaranteed, it won't be just once. What that looks like will be different in every season and in each of our lives. But Jesus didn't promise us a life without trouble. What He promised to us was something greater--His presence in the midst of it--and that we would not be overtaken, but rather experience the peace of God in the midst.
This morning in church, we were reminded of just this--the hope of Christ in every storm. And as I read out of Isaiah this afternoon, I was moved as I saw God speaking promises over Israel that He would hold them in the midst of opposition, injustice, and war as He declares Himself Helper.
My heart was stirred.
Opposition and hardship are not a manifestation of God's displeasure with you or I. He isn't displeased. Rather, He trains the one He loves in hardship, not destroys. In hardship, the goodness of God is revealed to our hearts as He reveals Himself as Savior, Deliverer, Champion, Restorer, Steadfast One. As the Word exhorts us, we need not dismay. For in this world, Jesus has said we will have trouble, but to take heart, because He has overcome the world. (John 16:33) And the treasure is not that hardship is absent from our lives, but that we are able to keep a peaceful heart in the midst of it because of our trust in Jesus. ❤️
So in every tribulation, may we find ourselves like Paul, declaring:
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body." (2 Corinthians 4:8-11)
God loves us, and He will use everything for good. Only God can take the hard stuff and make it absolutely beautiful.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:2-4)"
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