Jesus never said we would never have bad days.
Jesus never said that hardship would never come.
Jesus never said other’s wouldn’t beat you down.
Jesus never said that you would always have enough money.
Jesus never said you would never get sick.
Jesus never said that your car would never break down.
He never said any of these things, yet when they happen we get frustrated, angry, irritated, and begin to doubt God. We act like he promised us all the good days if we followed him. That life would be butterflies, gold streets, and endless frozen yogurt that didn’t make us fat, if only we surrendered our lives to him. That was not the promise he made. In fact, he says that “in this world you will have trouble, BUT take heart! I have overcome the world!”
He straight up tells us that we will have problems, troubles, and difficulties. No if’s, and’s, or but’s.
No matter the pain, no matter the trials, no matter how grueling your scenario is, there is hope.
Peter tells us “there is wonderful joy ahead even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine.”
In other words, trouble and hardship proves your faith. The days when it feels like everyone is beating you into the ground, when nothing is going to plan, when no matter how hard you try and do the right thing and it still goes wrong. Those are the days that prove how much you truly trust that God is still good.
Take a minute to pause and ask yourself what your response is when trials come?
Do you pull in closer to God and trust him or do you run away and get angry?
We should “consider it pure joy when we face trials, because that testing of our faiths is what produces perseverance”, and perseverance is what we need to pull through into the blessings and the future God has for us. I love this quote from Craig Groeschel that says “God’s preparation comes packaged as pain”.
I mean, ouch. Not what I wanted to hear, I can tell you that much. But that is exactly where our hope is. In the painful times. In fact, I believe that we should have more hope and joy in times of trouble, because it means we are being prepared for something extraordinary in the coming times. If we aren’t battling something, then we are stagnant.
Stagnant: Showing no activity or flow; dull; sluggish; lifeless.
If we are not going through something that is abrasive against what we think, do, or feel we become lifeless and dead.
Whatever it is that you are struggling with right now whether it be making bills every month, people you are surrounded by tearing you down, anxiety, death/sickness of a loved one, it is not all for nothing. I promise you. There is a purpose in the pain you’re going through and God is still good through it all.
Keep your hope in Jesus and the promises he has made to you, keep trudging, and don’t give up. Persevere, stay persistent, and grow from what you are going through, because you will need it for what God is bringing you into. When it all feels too much and you’re about to blow up on someone who has hurt you, when you want to give up that dream job you have worked so hard for, when you feel like giving into what the doctors are telling you, when you are struggling to remember the promises God has made to you lean on him and trust that you are on this planet for a delicately designed purpose.
As much as I would like to take credit for this, Craig Groeschel is my inspiration for this post. If you want to listen to his perspective, you can watch him at the link below.