For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they
produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
- 2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT
Have you ever had a treadmill fail? You know, where you’re looking all cute, working up a sweat as you burn those calories, feeling confident, then BAM! You go flying off the treadmill while simultaneously looking like an idiot. You either lost your balance, got distracted, or weren't prepared for the increase of speed. Sometimes life on this earth is like that. We’re coasting along, living our best lives, when we’re abruptly met with struggles and suddenly find ourselves being catapulted into madness.
Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in that madness and feel sorry for ourselves. Maybe for some of you, it feels like your troubles are too big to handle or seem unending. You’re not alone in feeling like that. 2 Corinthians 4:17 helps bring truth back into our view. “Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.” However, if we’re not careful we’ll lose focus of that truth and the madness will swallow us whole. It’s quicksand to our souls. And I don’t know about you, but I refuse to allow myself to wallow in my troubles and steal my own joy or give satan the satisfaction of hijacking it.
Ever since I first read the following quote it’s served as a powerful reminder that I want my response to suffering to honor God and point others to Him.
“With each discomfort we experience, our responses both reveal the person we are & set the trajectory for who we are becoming. Whether we age with grace & poise or become bitter is largely determined by our response to disappointment and the habits of response that often result.” - Jeff Manion
I want the person I am to be so fully saturated in Christ that I don’t just survive my troubles, but that even in the depths of my suffering God’s joy seeps out of every part of me, serving as satan’s reminder that he can’t have me and he never will because I already belong to our risen King.
Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us! - Romans 5:3-5 TPT
“Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence.” Can I get an AMEN??
We each have our own struggles. Let us be women that live and breathe God’s joy even in the midst of madness.
1. How can you live a life of joyful confidence when you’re faced with troubles?
2. What madness has God freed you from?
Father God, thank You for giving me access to freedom in You. Thank You for Your Word, which helps me navigate the rocky terrain I’m faced with on this earth. Please help me to draw closer to You in both trials and victories and keep my sights set on You and on eternity. Thank You for being my constant peace in a world full of madness. In Your holy name I declare, Amen.
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