I am writing this article as an encouragement to those who feel that they are suffering needlessly. Those who have become discouraged along life’s journey and their faith walk because things in their lives appear to be a series of unending trials, pain and hardship.
First of all, I want you to know that God loves you!
Yes, God sees what you are going through and you are not alone. He promised to, “Never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Trials and struggles in life are never fun to go through. Because of the things we have to endure, if we are not careful, they can cause us to question God’s faithfulness and love for us. Regardless, God is faithful and loves us beyond our human comprehension. He loves us so much that He sent His son, Jesus, to atone for our sins (See John 3:16). It is that same love that God has for His children that sometimes requires disciplinary action to reshape us into the image of His son, Jesus.
Take a look at discipline, although it is a very uncomfortable and painful process, the end result is so worth it. As the Word of God clearly illustrates, “Afterwards there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” (Hebrews 12:11)
This reminds me of a person that has resolved to be more proactive with healthy living and losing weight. In the beginning the whole process can be very overwhelming. The exercise regime is rigorous and sometimes the weight seems to take a while to come off. The person lifts heavy weights to work their muscles and they feel negative effects: pain and soreness. However, they have resolved to keep working out to produce the desired effect.
That is what God does with us when He is purifying us.
His desire is for us to exercise our faith (See Hebrews 11:1 and Habakkuk 2:4), build our trust ( See Proverbs 3:5), flex spiritual muscles (See 1 Timothy 4:8), and therefore produce in us spiritual growth and maturity in Christ (See 2 Corinthians 13:9, Hebrews 13:21, and Colossians 2:10). Don’t get in the way of what God is doing in your life. It may be hard, you may feel like giving up and you may get tired, but fight the good fight of faith, “Looking unto Jesus which is the author and finisher of your faith.” (Hebrews 12:2)
As I conclude this article, it is my prayer that God will perform His work in all of us. Anything that God does isn’t for our demise, but for our ultimate good. God is working, even those hard places and difficult seasons in life that we may not understand. Be encouraged my sisters and brothers because God is going to be glorified through your pain and struggles.
Hold onto His love, pray and seek him daily. Know that, “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Be very confident in knowing, “That He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)