Television paints a happy picture of life.
On the small screen, everyone gets to be homecoming queen, promoted to the corner office, or a lottery winner.
It’s our right to have smiling friends, eat at trendy restaurants, and lease a good apartment in the city.
Yet, reality often plays out differently. People abandon us, we run short of cash each month, and that good apartment is already rented to someone else.
Even our walk with Christ doesn’t seem to offer us positive rewards. What are we to do to make it all work out?
Romans 5:3 says something good will come from our hard times.
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.”
Hebrews 10:36 assures us God rewards us for our labor.
“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”
James 1:2-3 tells us the darker the day we face, the brighter the sun will shine on the other side.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
We must accept that some days will be hard for the Christian. Perhaps even some weeks, months or, God forbid, years. Yet, we should look at our situation as a training ground. We’re learning endurance and patience, and all the while, we’re growing a deeper faith in Jesus our Lord.
When we’re rooted in Jesus, we’ll stand tall through the worst of storms.
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