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This world is not an easy place to live.
I have known many who have struggled with infertility. A dear friend grieved her son’s death when he was but an infant. One of my college roommates lost her husband at a very young age. We have lost more loved ones to cancer than seems fair.
I rarely watch the news, as it seems to be filled with violence and sadness. Tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and fires wreak havoc on our lives. Those with agendas set out to see them met, regardless of the effect that may have on others. Dishonesty and manipulation play an evil game…
How do we endure?
I commented once to my dear friend who lost her infant son that I don’t think I would have been able to get through that. I can’t even begin to imagine what she went through. But you know what she told me? She didn’t think she could have gone through what I have. Granted, I’ve had trials of my own. But she made a deeper point.
This world is not an easy place to live. But what did Jesus say?
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NLT)
When we look at the possibility of difficulties, it seems overwhelming. We think, “There’s no way I could go through that.” Yet when difficulties do come our way, the Lord gives us the strength we need to face them.
He has overcome the world.
His strength is so great, He overcame it ALL. And He gives us that strength when we need it so that we too can overcome.
Perhaps that is why Paul encouraged us to consider it joy when we face trials — because it is during those tough times that the Lord’s presence is so very near to us. He walks us through it, and we can hold tight to Him and to His promises.Hold on, not to the empty promises of the world, but to the One who has overcome the world! Click To Tweet
I have no idea what you’re facing today. Perhaps all is well, but you are walking alongside another who is suffering. Or perhaps it is you facing a tremendous difficulty. May I encourage you today to hold on, not to the empty promises of the world, but to the One who has overcome the world?
He knows where you are. He sees what you are going through. And He cares. He will get you through!