I know there is a misconception that becoming a Christian means life will be easy and God will take care of you. Though Scripture actually promises that your identity as a Christian will lead to hardships and persecution, I occasionally go through phases where I wish the former idea was true.
Recently, I have been realizing the importance of hardship in our Christian walks. Now of course, it is much easier for me to write this blog when I am not in a place of intense and continuous pain, but these principles are constant, even though our faith journeys fluctuate (mine almost daily).
The times of struggle draw us closer to the Lord and create a dynamic faith journey. If everything magically took care of itself, not only could we not relate to other people, but we wouldn’t appreciate the work of Christ in our lives. I just want to remind you that struggle, pain, and hardship are a part of the world, but Christ promises peace in the midst of it. Our reactions to these hard times in our lives are what defines us and our faith. What we cling to when the rest of our lives feel like they are falling away means much more than including church in your weekly routine. These times draw us closer to the Lord. There is no doubt that we will face difficult times in this world, but we can trust the truth that Christ has overcome the world.
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.
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Whether you are in a time of mourning or dancing, draw near to the Lord. Pray for peace, strength, guidance, and resolution. He is faithful to answer prayers and work things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.