You’ve been through difficult times… and I’m not talking about ‘somebody-looked-at-you-wrong’ or ‘someone-talked-about-you‘ kind of difficult.
Difficult. As in your situation takes so much effort to even deal with.
Difficult. As in don’t ask how I’m doing because you’re just not willing to carry the weight and burden of my response.
Difficult. As in you don’t have answers. You simply have questions.
Difficult. As in you’re not sure you could handle one. more. thing.
Difficult. As in Lord, be strong in my weakness.
I’ve experienced ‘difficult’.
And yet, I hold on to the words of wisdom and encouragement Paul spoke to Timothy
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
(2 Timothy 1:8-12, NKJV)
There’s purpose in suffering. There’s fellowship with Christ to be experienced in our pain.
Can I encourage you today?
While in prison, chained and bound, Paul’s declaration continued to be, “God’s word is not chained,” (2 Timothy 2:9). The world may persecute you. Life may feel like it’s tumbling down on top of you. You might feel chained to your current situation.
Yet, God’s word is not chained.
God will do what He said He would do. His word will go forth from His mouth and it will not return void. Every. Single. Word. shall go forth and accomplish what it was sent out to do (Isaiah 55:11).
In oceans deep, may your faith continue to stand.
Set your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Square yourself off to that ‘difficult’ situation. Straighten up your back and shoulders. Determine to come out of this with your faith made stronger, your trust made greater, and your confidence in God rooted deeper.