Someone asked me yesterday, “What do you say to yourself when you’re going through trials?” Here are five thoughts that came to mind:
1) Don’t live tomorrow, today. Jesus said, “Each day has its own set of troubles” (Matthew 6:34). The best way to face trials is a day at a time. The future, any way you slice it, is too much to swallow at once.
2) Remember that every trial has a certain beginning and end. Think of trials as a tunnel; it has both an entrance and exit, even though life in the middle might feel like chaos. But here’s the point: You will get through this. Read that last sentence again, then say, “Thank you God.”
3) Think of Psalm 18:29: “With God’s help I can leap a wall.” In other words, bring God into every equation. Never try to go it alone. Facing problems without depending on God is like trying to keep rain from falling out of a storm cloud; it can’t be done. Don’t try.
4) Be sure to remember His goodness. He was good before your trial, and after your trial you will have discovered the same thing.
5) Keep in mind that no one is exempt from trials… no one. Jesus said, “In this world you will have troubles.” He didn’t say “might,” He said “will.” He also said, “The rain falls on the just and unjust alike” (Matthew 5:45). Believers and nonbelievers get cancer. Believers and nonbelievers are killed in accidents. Believers and nonbelievers experience divorce, broken friendships, financial difficulties, misunderstanding, doubt, criticism, and illness. And, as I said yesterday, “All of us will die!” That includes those who teach that “God always heals”; no, He doesn’t.
Today I challenge you to persevere! Chrysostom called perseverance the “queen of all virtues.” The Greek word is hupomone, often translated “patience” or “to remain.” Embrace the queen of virtues! Don’t quit dear one… ever. Here’s a little 60-second video to inspire you. Enjoy!