So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. - 1 Peter 1:6-7
Sometimes the truth is hard, isn't it? And the truth is that some things we face in this life cannot be fixed. Some things cannot be changed or healed or repaired. Sometimes we have to live broken. It all goes back to that whole Adam-and-Eve-fruit thing. You remember, when the enemy thought he had won? Although he has lost, until Jesus comes back we have to live on this old earth and sometimes the bitter truth is that this life is plain old painful.
Job knew this hard truth all too well. Sometimes when we wish for a fix, we find we have to simply endure.
At least I can take comfort in this:
Despite the pain,
I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
But I don’t have the strength to endure.
I have nothing to live for.
Do I have the strength of a stone?
Is my body made of bronze? - Job 6:10-12
Job recognized right off that we do not have the power to endure. Nothing on this earth will give us that power.
But their cities will be ruined.
They will live in abandoned houses
that are ready to tumble down.
Their riches will not last,
and their wealth will not endure.
Their possessions will no longer spread across the horizon. - Job 15:28-29
In the midst of plenty, they will run into trouble
and be overcome by misery. - Job 20:20-22
For the endurance it takes to live this life as salt and light, there's only one place to turn. Can you guess where that would be?
And so today, and every hard day, when the fixes don't come and the pain is too much, all there is for me to do is...
Will you praise with me, Dear One? It's the strongest weapon we've got against the darkness. Against the enemy of our very souls. The endurance will come. We can do this. Because we are not alone.
Holy Father, we beg You to cover us during these awful times when the world becomes just too much. Help us to lean only on You and your precious Son. You are the only thing that endures. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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