“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life.” – James 1:12

JESUS NEVER SAID IT WOULD BE EASY – QUITE THE OPPOSITE

There’s an African proverb that goes like this: “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” Have you ever thought of life in that way?

All of us want life, work, relationships, and finances to be smooth sailing all the time, but life just doesn’t work that way. There are good times, sure, but eventually, we will find ourselves navigating difficulties and challenges. Hard times will come. Relationships can become damaged. Financial worries will lead to worry and anxiety. There will even be times of war, natural disaster, and sickness. Yes, we’ve all experienced these “clouds and storms” that really do roll into our lives, seemingly out of nowhere.

Jesus knew this was the case and made sure to address it: “In this world, you will have trouble.” But the good news is, He didn’t stop there. “Take heart,” Jesus said, “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).  Trouble is a fact of life, but Jesus has given us a means of walking in victory–real victory–even during the hardest of times.

Will  you allow God to provide for your needs both during the good and bad times? He’s willing and able to provide hope and victory, even when things look the darkest. After all, it’s usually through the storms of life that we grow the most.

 

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