Troubles are life’s guarantee. We can run from them, wish them away, or ignore them, but they persist whether we acknowledge them or not. Someone misunderstands us, then assumptions are made, and relationships are torn apart. Our lives don’t resemble a bucolic painting, they resemble messes, hurts, mistakes, and careless words.
What’s the purpose in struggles? Is it to make our lives miserable, to teach us a lesson, or to grow us?
Jesus said, “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. In one breath we are given good and bad news. The bad: that we will have trouble. And the good: to take heart because Jesus has overcome the world.
How does the fact that Jesus has overcome the world help us to live in the world and its many troubles? Especially when the trouble seems to linger for weeks, months, and years. What do we do when we cry for relief, but we don’t get it?
We cling to Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” We allow the struggles to grow our faith as we cling to the hope and certainty found in Jesus.
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