We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Andrea Johnson.
“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.”
1 Peter 4:16
“To everything, there is a season.” Ecclesiastes 3 breaks this down to remind us that all of the events of our lives are in God’s hands. He knows the beginning from the end and everything in between. Nothing we go through or encounter comes as a surprise to our Savior. Some days are certainly better than others, and some situations seem to last entirely too long, but we can keep this word in mind- “God made everything beautiful in its time”. (Ecc. 3:11a)
This race that we are running, this life that we are living, did not come with a guarantee of days filled with little or no trouble. In fact, the opposite may be more accurate. The Bible tells us plainly that, “The righteous person faces many troubles” (Psalms 34:19a). However, we can rejoice anyway! It sounds absolutely crazy, but like Peter says, “if you suffer for being a Christian, don’t consider it a disgrace but a privilege.”(1 Peter 4:16 TPT).
It’s almost as if these trials/these tests/these situations come into our lives to let us know that we are on the right track. What we are going through is an indicator that we are in good company because our Savior, too, had to go through some things, but on the other side of through is greater joy, greater peace, and everlasting life!
There should be no quit in you because that same Spirit of our omnipotent God is dwelling in you. Therefore, even if you are insulted and reviled, you can be happy, regardless of your circumstances. We can endure all things as good soldiers because we are promised the victory if we don’t give up!
Father, thank You for dwelling with me, thank You for being a very present help in times of trouble. In times like this, I will trust in You with all my heart, acknowledge You in all my ways, and not quit. In Jesus’ name, amen.
You may be in a rough season but remember seasons change. You can be happy and full of joy and comfort regardless of your circumstances because the Spirit of God is resting on you. Double down on your worship and study of God’s word in the hard seasons. Let God know you trust Him and watch Him work. Don’t quit!
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