Deeper Day 108: Suffering is Strengthening

The Bible assures us that we will have trials in this world.  This is not a punishment it is the result of living in a fallen world.  This is the state of things.  James assures us of this:

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.  James 1:12

We are blessed when we persevere.  We must never give up.  God has assured us that we will receive a good reward!  The crown of life has been promised to us.

Jesus, Himself, assured us that we can take heart in Him during our troubles.

“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

We were built, as believers, to withstand the trials of this life, but not with a spirit of victimhood, rather we are called to walk these troubles out under the strength of Christ.  Remember in our weakness, He is strong.  It’s a beautiful invitation into intimacy.

We should not avoid the troubles that come, rather we should face them head on and seek His face and strength throughout, as we read here.

And whoever does not carry their cross and follow Me cannot be my disciple.  Luke 14:27

Troubles will come, and troubles will go, and we represent the Light to the world when we walk them out faithfully.  We aren’t called to hide out, we are meant to be seen and heard as we represent Him.

We are promised this though.

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.  Psalm 34:19-20

Prayer Moment: If you are struggling to maintain a peaceful attitude during this time, or if you’re wondering where God is, then rest in these verses and allow Him to strengthen you, day by day.  I want to leave you with this portion of scripture.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, Whom He has given us.  Romans 5:1-5