2020 was a difficult year, there’s no denying that, so may of us are hoping 2021 will be more manageable, myself included. But I have to remind myself that difficult times have existed throughout the generations.
God never promised to make things easy for us, but He did promise to be with us through difficult times:
- Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
We have to remember that God has a plan, a plan to abolish sin and bring us into His glory. We don’t know what it’s going to take to get there, but what we do know is that His plans will be fulfilled:
- 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. – 2 Corinthians 1:20
Sin is ever present in this world, therefore suffering is assured. But Gods word says that the suffering we face is nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. And because God assures us that He will get us through our suffering, we can then put all our worry on Him:
- For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. – Romans 8:18
- Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:6-7
But this doesn’t mean that we can’t or shouldn’t pray to be free of our suffering. Gods word actually encourages us to pray for relief. And Jesus Himself was an example of this when He prayed to be free of the persecution that He was about to endure:
- And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” – Matthew 26:39
Let’s all pray that 2021 be free of suffering for the Church, but also pray that His will be done. But if 2021 does prove to be another tough year, then as the Church we should use this as an opportunity to grow stronger in the Lord, just as Paul said:
- So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, – 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
So regardless of what happens in 2021, let’s pray and hope for the best result, but also be prepared for any affliction, and to use this to grow in our faith. Remember, no matter how much we suffer, we can find peace in our affliction through Jesus who ultimately suffered on our behalf:
- I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
Happy New Year to all from us. God bless you and thank you for all your support!