In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.” (2 Corinthians 6:4 NLT)
There is a false notion among many believers that we will be spared of hard times because we are growing as believers. The opposite is actually more truthful. By aligning with Christ, we now make the Demonic our Enemy #1, which makes us there’s as well. Our faith that sustains us, according to the Bible, is the “stench of death” to those choose to not live it. And then, of course, there’s Life, with all of its glorious bruises, flat tires, heartbreakers, and other assorted conundrums.
According to this text, we show our true spiritual strength and character by triumphing over our pain. Christian author Norman Vincent Peale spoke of our ability to arise over pain this way: “The key to surviving adversity is to develop resilience. Resilience is just another word for your rebound, your comeback power, your ability to stand up to adversity and handle it creatively.”
As you come to church today, come ready to find your resiliency. If our troubles paralyze our faith, then our faith will never win. But our allowing Christ to help us take one baby step after another will soon lead us back to a stronger faith and a break from the storm. You are loved today! Hang in there!