“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:1-5
Sometimes when we’re wrestling with difficult and unexplainable circumstances such as the loss of family member, a diagnosis of cancer, or the loss of a job, it’s hard to be able to rest in God and trust Him. It’s easier to trust Him when things are going well, as opposed when they don’t turn out the way we want. We can’t always see the “why” of a situation, so we tend to doubt and wonder if the light will ever even shine through the dark tunnel. But God created the earth so that light would always overcome darkness and that the sun will always rise when you wake up; His creation is the promise of something better, and gives us just a hint of what is to come.
God wants us to rest in Him knowing that at the end of our situation, it will ultimately be better, whether we see our problems resolved here on earth or in Heaven. We have the promise of future hope, joy, and peace. God doesn’t want us to worry about our current problems but to have our focus geared towards the future. When we keep the future in mind, we are able to handle our present circumstances better.
Are you anxious about something? Trying to find peace? Whatever the situation, remember the future hope and keep the bigger picture in mind, even if you can’t see the end result.
Dear Lord, thank you so much that you have promised to be with us in all circumstances, and that you give us a future full of hope. Amen.
Sometimes it’s very difficult to see the big picture God has in mind for us. Make a list of all the good things that have come out of your situation that would have never occurred had you not been placed there.