I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. - John 16:33
It was like looking in a mirror. My cousin’s solemn expression and expectant eyes reflected my own inward grieving.
“How can you have faith?” he asked me.
My eyes drifted from my cousin’s face to the stairwell that led to my grandparents’ bedroom. Inside, my grandfather laid in bed slowly dying from cancer.
“Because,” I replied as a tear ran down my cheek. “If I didn’t have faith, I couldn’t watch Papaw die.”
Through the pain of grief and the feelings of loneliness, I found freedom and hope in Papaw’s death. It was in the sorrow of losing him that I realized Papaw’s freedom--he was no longer in pain. He was sitting by the throne of God and worshipping Him.
Papaw’s death brought me suffering. However, the peace of knowing that God was in control of Papaw’s life and my suffering gave me freedom.
God promises that He will never abandon us during times of trial (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). He will restore our strength when trials become overwhelming (1 Peter 5:10).
Our freedom doesn’t come from a promise that everything will always be perfect, but God promises that, in times of suffering, He is with us.
As I watched Papaw take his last breath, my heart grieved and longed for him. However, the knowledge that Papaw was cancer free and that I had a God who was giving me strength during this time was my source of pure freedom.
1. Is there a trial in your life that seems overwhelming?
2. How can you trust that God is your source of freedom during this time of trial?
Sometimes, the pain seems too intense to endure. I feel like my soul is slowly shattering into a million pieces. I feel trapped in my trial. But God, I know that freedom from my trial rests in Your presence. Though the trial may continue, You are my hope and my comfort. Help me to trust in Your freedom. I love You. Amen.
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