What are you going through, my friend? What kind of season is this for you? Is it one of suffering? One of challenge? How hard is life for you in this present season? And how do you feel? Do you ever feel weary or frustrated or angry? Do you ever wish that something about this season would just go away?
Holy Spirit said, “And while I do not want you to suffer, I will use any circumstance, any opportunity, any hardship, any challenge of your life to show you how I never leave—in the good and the bad. I will show you that my love for you is enough to sustain you, through anything, anything. But you can’t see it, daughter, son, (can you?), until everything else is stripped away.”
How do you receive those words? Can you receive them? Consider how they make you feel. Is it better . . . or worse? Comforted . . . or uncomfortable?
Do they bring hope? Do they bring clarity and perspective or confusion? After hearing them, do you have fewer questions or more?
In the Bible, James, the brother of Jesus, wrote about how trials can—despite what we think―actually bring reward. While we’re never looking for hardship and suffering . . . for followers of Jesus, there is always a gift hidden within them. So, James wrote, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” That is from James chapter one, verses two through four.
To be steadfast means to be “resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.” That’s why we admire people with steadfast faith. People like that have a faith that is anchored, no matter how stormy circumstances become, no matter how treacherous the seas.
Join us for “Through Any Storm: You in Me, Me in You.”