Have you ever gone through something so difficult but came out on the other side?
The trouble had a purpose.
Here are in the midst of a pandemic and many are questioning what the purpose of it is all about. I would like to tell you that things will be better tomorrow and we will never have to be sad again but that is so far from the truth. Remember that as long as God is with you, regardless of what it looks like, it will all add up. Maybe you have experienced some sad events in your life.
Maybe it seems like everything is going wrong and it wont get any better.
Maybe you experience troubles that seem to come out of no where.
What do you do when you can’t get any relief?
I like to go to the Bible to find comfort. I am reminded of:
Our troubles have a purpose. They might not seem to make any sense as we are going through them but they have a way of adding up.
What are ways that our troubles add up?
1. Going through troubles helps to build our fortitude. The Apostle Paul said it best in Philippians 4:11-13.
He learned the secret of being content regardless of his circumstances only because of the strength that he received from Christ. We (and I might be “we”) often quote this verse as we set out to do something but Paul had a different perspective. He was content and could handle his wonderful or not so wonderful experiences, or hungry or not so hungry days because of the strength that Christ gave him.
2. We could encourage someone else that might be going through a similar trouble.
God comforts us so that we can comfort others who might be going through something similar. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:4-5) Our struggles and troubles are not just for us.
3. Our troubles remind us to rely less on ourselves and more on God.
Our troubles remind us of how frail we are but how strong God is. I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”
Questions to ponder:
1. How have you gotten strength in your troubles or struggles?
2. How have you been able to comfort someone who went through something as similar as you?
3. How have your troubles/ struggles strengthened your faith in God?