Whatever week you’ve had, whether it’s been a time of challenge or relatively straight forward, you’ve made it through!
We all go through times of difficulty and, contrary to the opinion of some, our faith doesn’t make us exempt; in fact, it does quite the contrary! The apostle Peter writes the following encouragement to a church going through extreme persecution: ‘… now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.’ (1 Peter 1:6-8)
Peter is real enough to ‘flag up’ the reality that followers of Jesus will go through difficulty and hardship, yet, in our suffering, we can find direction and purpose. If we resolve to draw nearer to the Lord (who suffered for our salvation), and we display authentic faith as we choose to praise him through the tribulations that come our way, then we are on the road to a deeper walk. If we allow anger, resentment and frustration to overwhelm, us we are in danger of by-passing the fruitfulness that our trials can produce. If you are going through the storm, be encouraged, the Lord is with you and he longs to be the one you call upon to see you through.