by Bethany Wouters, Senior Editor
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 [ESV]
In life, we will go through trials. It is inevitable.
Paul writes in both 2 Corinthians and Romans that the hardships we will go through here on earth do not compare to the glory that is to be revealed to us one day. We go through rough days because the Lord Jesus Christ suffered the worst death in history to ensure we would one day be partakers of the majesty that is our God. We absolutely do not deserve His mercy, grace, and love, yet He continually lavishes Himself upon us day after day. Because He died for us, it is only fair that we endure hardships for His sake.
Recently, it seems as though wave after wave of warfare have washed ashore. While we expect trials and tribulation to come, it is still hard to see those whom you love struggling to keep their heads up. Warfare comes, and we get discouraged. We question, “How long is this going to last, Lord?” when, really, we should be asking, “What are you trying to teach me through this, Lord?”
In the first chapter of his book, the Lord reminds Joshua three times to not be fearful, for He would always be with him. God had just asked Joshua to commandeer the Israelites and lead them triumphantly into the land of Canaan. While Israel was certainly smaller than the other nations God had given into their hands, Joshua knew that God would be faithful and guide them through every battle and victory. Just as God was with Joshua, so He is with us.
One of my favorite characteristics of the Lord is that He is unchanging. From the days of Joshua to the present, God has remained the same. The promises He gave to Joshua about never needing to fear remain true today. When we go through a trial, we need not fear, as the Lord is with us every step of the way.
The author of Hebrews writes, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15, ESV). Jesus, this great High Priest of ours, endured every temptation we humans go through so as to be able to minister to us at any moment of our lives. Isn’t it comforting to have someone close to you who is able to relate to a situation you are going through? That is who Jesus is for us, the friend that is able to say, “I have been there. I know what you are going through. I am here for you.” He allows trials to come to refine us and make us more like Christ; who would not want to be made into the image of Jesus?
The times work becomes too difficult, or circumstances become increasingly overwhelming, look to Jesus for peace. When there are seven different things to be working on at once here in the Creative Department, I find myself becoming anxiety-ridden and stressed out, thinking I won’t be able to finish everything in time. Then, the Lord brings Psalm 46:10 into my mind: “Be still, and know that I am God” (NKJV). I find myself striving in my own strength to simply get everything done, but that only causes more stress. I forget that it is only when I meditate on who God is that I am able to truly be at peace. The God that I serve is the Lord who is capable of anything. Surely He can give me the strength and motivation to press on, not just in a work setting but in every aspect of life.
Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (NKJV). My brothers and sisters, do not lose heart when things become too great to handle. Do not give up! Press on towards the goal, the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, and endure. The Lord will bring the calm after the storm.