Nod your head if you like trials and sufferings? Of course nobody delights in going through any sort of hardships that’s why we have medicine, fast food, laundry machines, and microwaves to make our lives easier! However, as born-again Christians, we can’t escape trials and sufferings. All the great men and women of God had to endure sufferings or trials (Hebrews 11), which in return contributed to their spiritual growth. As long as we’re in this world, Satan will always make this place uncomfortable for us, children of God, as a reminder that we’re at war with him. We must stand strong amidst the trials in order to receive our reward.
Is it easy to stand strong? Absolutely not! But it’s profitable (Heb11:6). The year 2012 was the worst year of my life: I encountered so many adversities that I never thought the Lord would allow me to go through. Even as I write this article, I’m still going through the same adversities: So, that’s two years of agony, two years of spiritual warfare, two years of intercessory prayers, and two years of enduring persecutions. Am I fed up? Yes. But anytime I think about what I’m going through I’m reminded of this song by Mary Mary “I Can’t Give Up Now”. In the chorus, the lyrics say:
I can’t give up now, I’ve come too far from where
I started from. Nobody told me the road would
be easy and I don’t believe He brought me
this far to leave me
Even though every part of me wants out of these trials, I can’t give up now because the Lord has helped my family and I win several battles so far. All the great men and women of God in Hebrews 11 were not praised for their cowardness but their faith and courage. All of them kept going because they had hope of a better tomorrow: Either see their victory or be with God in Heaven (Heb11:13-16). That’s why I continue to remain strong amidst the trials. I have to persevere to the end to see the Lord prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, anoint my head with oil, and overflow my cup (Ps23:5). I encourage anyone of you who might be going through trials or sufferings to hold on to the Lord. 1 Peter 5:9 says “Resist him [the devil], standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” One way to resist the devil is to know the Word of God and put it into practice. When we submit to God and resist temptations, the devil can’t tolerate that (James4:7). Keep your focus on Christ and not your problems; focus on serving others in the midst of your trials. It’s not always going to be pretty but the Holy Spirit has the power to sustain us just like He’s been doing in my life. Stay strong ladies and like they say, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going!