John 16:33b

Why is it so hard to get up in the morning? Why is it so hard to wake my children up in the morning? I really have to laugh when I think about this “agonizing” part of the day! Is it a surprise that they have to get up and ready for school?

I think that getting up for school,and  going to bed at night are probably the biggest regular trials that my kids have to face. These “trials” happen everyday at the same time, yet it is excruciatingly painful for them. So as I was laughing about this one day, to myself, I started to think about how this applies to life on a greater and spiritual level.  

We all face trials. Some seem less than or greater than other types of trials. Some are expected, while some completely catch us off guard. We blow some things out of proportion, and some we try to just ignore hoping they will just disappear. Regardless of what trials we face, we have to deal with them. 

I think how we deal with the trials we face says a lot about us. There are so many reactions, emotions, and resolutions that can be applied to any given situation; how do we know what is right?

Well, let me start of my answer with this… The Bible never teaches us that life would be easy. Jesus said, 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Yes, in this world we will have trouble. I really want you to hear that and start to accept it. IN THIS WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE. 

The Bible is full of God’s promises to us, and this is a promise from God. If he said it, then so be it…But many times, as soon as life starts to get hard, we cry and beg for it to get better.  We hope and pray for another way. We offer ourselves in a loved one’s stead. 

We ask why things happen the way they do. Well, it just does. We were born into a world of sin, where sickness and pain, hardships, trials and tribulations are inevitable and unavoidable. God said that in this world we will have trouble. BUT He also said, “TAKE HEART! I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.” 

God didn’t say that He is trying to overcome the world. He HAS overcome the world. Part of His promise to us is that He is the victor and the overcomer who has already conquered death and the grave so that in the end we may all live eternally in victory with God in heaven. So through these trials that we face, difficult as they may be, we must keep our eyes set on eternity and not on temporary comfort.

In this portion of scripture, God also says “take heart!” Take heart means have hope! Don’t let it get you down!

Hebrews 6:19-20a   We have this hope (God) as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.

God is our hope which can be the anchor for our soul. An anchor holds an entire ship in place so the ship does not float from where it should be. We need to be anchored like a ship, not floating from where we should be, or where our focus is. We need to keep our focus on God; on His promises; on eternity. THAT is our hope and what gives us peace.

I can say that everything that I have faced so far in my life is nothing compared to what thousands of other people suffer through each day. I know there is always someone worse off than me. I one hand I hurt for other people and their situations, and on the other hand I give thanks because I could be a lot worse off. I am so thankful for the life that I have. I eat food everyday. I have a home with utilities; full of our needs and wants. I have clothing to cover me and keep me warm. I have the opportunity to work and make a living. I get to play when I feel like it. I have an education… I can go on and on. Really, the more I think of it, the more I hurt and have compassion for and want to help those who have less than me. I am so thankful for my blessed life.

There is always something to be thankful for. There can always be light in every situation. No matter what your facing in life, God can be the focus. And God will use a seemingly dire situation to point people towards Him. In the end, more lives can be won for His kingdom because of how we handle the trials that we face, and how God chooses to use our trials.

Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

When we persevere through times that are tough for us, we will have wonderful revelations of the goodness of the Lord.

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lordbe strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Again, we see God tell us to “take heart”. So let’s rejoice through the storm knowing that God’s hand is upon us, always was, and always will be. He even knew your storm was coming, and I bet if you reflect on it, you will see how He was preparing you; how He anchored you and battened down the hatches. The storms are guaranteed, but so is the goodness of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who has already overcome the world!

Please help us to see you through the storm and through the calm. Keep our eyes open and peering into the very depths of who You are. You are good, You never fail us, You are our creator and planner, You hold us in Your hand and in Your heart. Ultimately, You love us. Help us to remember that YOU LOVE US…that You will not forsake us or leave us. Help us to see Your beauty in all that we encounter leaving nothing in vain, but becoming closer  and closer to You, letting You use every part of our lives for Your good and perfect will. I love You so much, Lord! Amen.

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