“Have you ever felt like life is not fair? Looking around you see other people seemingly glide through life receiving one blessing after another while you’re dealing with a double dose of hardships. Their children make the honor roll; their careers prosper; their marriage flourishes. You find yourself stuck wondering why is all this happening to me; I serve you Lord, I give to His work, I pray and read my Bible on a daily basis and my life seems always hard. I am afraid that someone has told you that those who serve the Lord will always be blessed. You’ll not have to read very far in the Bible to find out that’s not true. There was Joseph; he goes to prison for something he did not do. Job lost all he had even down to his health and this is what he had to say about it.
Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body,yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Job 19:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
There was the Apostle Paul; he too spent time in prison and this is what he had to say.
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Paul said that he learned to be pleased and satisfied with what he had no matter what state he found himself in. Paul had leaned to lean on the God of Grace no matter what; when he was cold he was thankful, when he was hungry he was thankful. Paul refused to give up to his outward problems and by doing that he learned to trust God, his Savior and God’s love was stronger than any problem that would come his way. May I remind each of us we are all going to have down times in our life but we must remind ourselves that God has something much better for His children.
1Corinthains 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Maybe Joseph, Job and Paul didn’t look so much at what was happening now but instead reminded themselves of what eternity would be like and in so doing was able to overcome the moment of hardships.