Are you going through some adversity? Are things a little tough?
When this happens, we can easily get down… we can easily feel that no one else knows how we feel. In II Corinthians 11, Paul talked about all he had faced. He said, “Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.”
Think about everything Paul had faced…
He was beaten with rods…
He faced danger from the Jews and the Gentiles
He faced danger in the cities, the deserts and the seas…
Paul had faced lots of turmoil! Yet, he continued to share the love of Christ.
You may be going through some tough times and you may be thinking about throwing in the towel. Don’t do it! Paul faced tremendous adversity but he persevered.
When my Daddy became ill with Parkinson’s, we had to put him in a nursing home. One day, I visited with him. I watched as a man who was once a bull of a man, was now reduced to shaking due to Parkinson’s. I said, “Daddy… I’m sorry this is happening to you.”
He replied, “Son, this is life.”
In other words, life can be tough.
Today, if you are going through some tough times, hang in there. Life is filled with adversity.
“God hath not promised Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways All our lives through;
God hath not promised Sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain.
But God hath promised Strength for the day, Rest for the labor, Light for the way,
Grace for the trials, Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, Undying love.”