We will get through this
Perhaps the New Year isn’t getting started with joy and a celebration of glad tidings. Instead you are enduring some season of testing. Maybe life feels like Joseph’s did in his trying period, when the dreamer’s life turned to doom. His brothers sold him out to Egyptian slavery. Then in servitude he was accused falsely and sentenced to a life in prison. Even prison found him filled with apparent abandonment, betrayal and rejection, but hold on God was at work through it all. Joseph endured feeling abandoned and forsaken; perplexed and crushed; despised and rejected, but in the midst of trial he looked up and found hope to be alive. God has a plan in the midst of pain. What is intended for evil can work out for good.
You too may be suffering right now; divorce, unemployment, disease and illness, tragedy and loss mark your current resume of events, and there appears to be no joy and no way out of these circumstances. Hope is a far away concept. Instead gloom, despair and agony are your song, but this mess can become your message. No one signed up for the trial but God will see us through. Max Lucado says, “You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naive. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this.” 1 Peter 1:6, 7, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Rather than ask God to change your circumstances, ask him to use your circumstances to change you.
God will use your mess for something good. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training. The scriptures offer us great consolation.
Lam. 3:22-23?, “The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lam.3:33, “For He does not afflict willingly or grieve the sons of men.” Rom.8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Phil. 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Heb.13:21 “equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Like Joseph we can see our test turned into a testimony. Joseph went from the pit to the palace and his tragedy was turned into triumph. God is the Lord of the famine and the feast and He uses both to accomplish His will. Genesis 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” 2 Cor.4: 16, 17, “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” Rom. 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” People or circumstances may disappoint you, but Jesus never fails. Have hope and put your trust in the Lord. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. Believe God and call out to Him, He can and will answer you. Amen.
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)