The beauty of the struggles and the trials that we face is that there is glory on the other side. The valleys that we trudge through aren’t without their rewards. There is not only purpose to our pain but there are also promises that we can trust in as we weather through the storms of this life. The apostles throughout the New Testament knew the difficulties that we would face and each one took their turn in reminding us to keep standing.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians that that these light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that outweighs all of the pain, the storms, and the battles that we face. (4:17) Peter tells us that we shouldn’t be surprised by these fiery ordeals that come to test us as something strange is happening to us, but we are told to rejoice in being able to participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that we can be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 4:12-13) James encourages us to keep standing in the very first chapter of his epistle and calls us blessed for persevering because we are going to receive a crown of life for doing so. (James 1:12) Jesus’ disciples were well versed in suffering and they left us clear reminders as to the reasons why we suffer and the hope on the other side of these moments.
What’s even more encouraging is that after we have suffered a little while the “God of all grace” will restore us and make us strong, firm, and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10) We will not be left a battered mess that is broken and struggling but he will come to refresh and restore us. And anything that we walk through will not be worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18). While we want the instant relief in the here and now, the eternal rejoicing that is coming will be worth it. The darkest things that you face in your lifetime will be the exact same things you rejoice over on the other side. It will make sense. And in that moment, He promises that “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4). This too shall pass. He promises it over and over and when it does it will be worth it all.
Between the storms of this life and the glory and rejoicing that we will be in eternity, you are not alone. Through it all, He will never leave you or forsake you. He tells us in Isaiah 43:2 that, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” We don’t have to be scared or afraid because He isn’t going anywhere or abandoning us in these moments. Even when His presence “feels” a million miles away, the reality is that you are in the palm of His hand, and He is doing a great and mighty work that will last in you throughout the ages and for all time. Restoration is coming. A mountain top that will never end is your reward. A joy that explodes within your chest without ceasing is your inheritance. Jesus paid for it. He promised it and it is the rock upon which you can stand when the world doesn’t make sense and the waves want to drown out your voice and extinguish your light.