“Hang in there,” I said years ago to one of my friends. Problems had been plaguing her for a while. I felt powerless to provide significant help to her. I told her so.
“Juliana,” she replied, “I wasn’t expecting my life to be perfect. Even the Bible says, ‘In this world you will have trouble.’ I am discouraged, but I am not defeated.”
This was a reminder I needed! At that point in my life, I saw my Christian walk more as a series of transactions. I thought that my problems would disappear the better I served God, the closer I came to perfection, the more I did for Jesus. When I did have trials that I thought were no fault of my own, I would feel betrayed by God. I would indulge in pouting and talk back to God on why He would do this to me. But in Job 2:10, Job asked, “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?”
We have to accept that:
- Life isn’t perfect.
- We will have good times and bad times.
- God will be there for all of it.
Once we do, then we are better equipped by God to handle what comes our way.
We can rest in His grace and realize there is never enough we could do for Him to earn His favor, Instead, He has freely given salvation to us for our asking. We can go to Him for help instead of railing at Him for letting us down.
“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 This is the verse my friend gave to me that day many years ago, and I give it to you today. May God use it now to strengthen you!