Why are we surprised when life gets hard? Life has problems. Relationships are destined for conflict. Financial stability is never guaranteed.
For some reason, we assume life with God means life with ease. That isn’t the case at all.
Friendship is hard.
Marriage is hard.
Integrity is hard.
Parenting is hard.
Leading is hard.
Family dynamics are hard.
What I’m reminded of today is a transformational truth: God never promised easy, He promised His presence. God never promised comfort, He promised to be comforting.
Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.”
Life is hard.
It is hard to tell the truth, when the easier thing to do is lie.
It is hard to stay when it’s easier to pack up and leave.
It is hard to be vulnerable when it’s easier to be fake.
It is hard to say your sorry when it’s easier to wait for an apology.
It is hard to serve when you feel you deserve to be served.
It is hard to give in when it’s easier to demand your own way.
It is hard to forgive when holding a grudge is justified.
It is hard to trust when trust has been broken.
It is hard to have faith, when faith has been lost. It is hard to have hope when despair is your companion. It is hard to persevere when giving up seems so much easier.
It will be hard. Your marriage will be hard. Your friendships will be hard. Your family dynamics will be hard. Your work relationships will be hard.Your faith in God will be tested.
So if you find yourself surprised and maybe even discouraged at how hard life is right now…
…take heart, He has overcome the world.