Troubles and Hope

Life is not easy. I know that seems to be a gross understatement of fact. It has been difficult since Eden and the fall of mankind. It is an unfortunate truth, one which we all come to realize and struggle with until we too are gone from it.

Jesus said that trials and tribulations would come. He also said the world hated Him, and it would hate you too. Life and all the difficulties that arise from it should be no surprise. The nearer we are to His appearing the worse things will get. I am also reminded that Jesus questioned, when He comes back will He find faith?

We face problems from every direction we turn. Finances, relationships, and health are all major concerns and considerable burdens we carry with us daily. These things, by themselves, are bad enough but we amplify the problems by allowing them to create a wedge between ourselves and our Savior, Jesus Christ. When the world and life cast more upon you than you can carry, remember these great reminders from the One who loves you:

John:16:33: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

His faithful words do not stop there, for in His Word, He left so many more reminders:

2nd Corinthians:4:8: We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
2nd Corinthians:4:9: Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Yes, life is difficult. Every difficulty is a chance to seek the face of God. During struggle and resistance, strength is gained. The time will come when you are troubled on every side, when you are perplexed, persecuted and cast down. It is during these times our faith in Jesus should be strongest. He is our peace, He is our answer, He is always with us, and He will carry us from this life to eternal life. He is our victory over this life and this world, look to Him, seek His face and there in His peace will we find rest! Give all your praise to Jesus, for He is truly worthy!

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