Category : God, faith, hope


Life can be tough.  I don’t think I’m surprising anyone with that little bit of insight.  It can be easy to give up.  Some tasks seem so daunting, so overwhelming, that we can’t imagine finishing them, let alone surviving them.  “How do we keep moving forward against those odds?” we ask ourselves.  I admit, it’s mornings like that which make it difficult to get out of bed!

Too many mornings like that and we begin to wonder if “it” (whatever “it” may be) is worth the trouble.  We ask ourselves, “who am I to do this?”

But in the midst of our suffering, I believe there is hope.  And I believe that hope comes directly from God.  Psalm 66 tells us, “For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver.  You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.  You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” (v.10-12)

There are times when God lets us go through trouble.  But there is a reason why.  God is not a god of pointlessness. 

We are tested so we can be refined.   We are given burdens so we can become strong.  And we can hope in God precisely because we know we’re not doing something that is pointless.

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