Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 HCSB)
We should be proud of the hardships we encounter. Whatever we utter, there are other things we do not say which are automatically implied. Be real since the life we are in is full of hardships. Some face trouble and hide themselves like proverbial ostrich that hinds it’s head in the sand and get consumed by predators.
There is a saying “no pain, no gain”. While passing through learning institutions, we do many tests and exams. Exams are usually not easy, they give people hard times, stress. Exam time is not celebration time, it makes one uneasy. One has to work hard (pain) to pass (gain) those exams.
In this life, we go though many trials and temptations. These hardships come to make us better. You cannot endure unless you have gone through hardships.
Buddhists say “life is problem”. But we need to know who pulls us out of problems. It’s not us but God. God says he will make all our problems bring us blessings. When you walk with God, all our problems will be turned into blessings. There is no weapon fashioned against us that shall prosper. God holds those evil, dangerous weapons before they reach us, converts them into blessings and gives it to us. This way we are safe and never harmed.
All weaponry such as disease, enemies, poverty, among others are directed our way by the devil. God holds all evil and convert it to blessings and gives it to us. When Jesus touches something, He makes it good. Jesus went to Nine’s home, touched the dead boy and he regained life. He did the same to Lazarus and Jairus daughter. Jesus is life and resurrection.
When we know what Jesus does, we will be compelled to yearn for more hardships as this implies more blessings. If we want to receive blessings, we must be ready to endure pain. We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 HCSB)
Pastor Waigwa was admitted to study in the USA on a scholarship. He was on a stipend of USD 200 per month. This money was not enough to feed himself and a family of three children. The family was very prayerful. One day, the family had no money to support themselves, and could have gone hungry. Pastor Waigwa, fearing what to tell the family, went to the university library. After the library hours, he went home and continued reading. Not that he was grasping much from books, but that was the only thing they could do.
Later that evening, some members of the church visited Pastor Waigwa. They reported that they had a church meeting and resolved to support Pastor Waigwa with USD300 since he had a family and none was employed. They pleaded with Pastor Waigwa to accept the money, which they did, knowing that it was an answered prayer. They never went hungry a single day.
Are you ready to embrace hardships when they come. Jesus came so that we can have life abundantly. Our bodies are Gods temple. Jesus says, I will build my church and gates of hell shall not prevail against it. We are God’s church, we have Jesus assurance that we shall be victorious.
We need to pray always, and to have a great reserve. We also benefit from prayers of brethren. God’s response to our prayers may tally, but we need to wait patiently. God will respond at His own appropriate time.
Hardships will make us increase our faith. David went to war front just when Goliath was blaspheming God’s name. He asked to be allowed to face Goliath. David explained to Saul how he killed wild animals which attacked his father’s sheep. He was convinced that God who saved David from wild animals would save him from Goliath. David’s courage was built from the difficulties he faced in the wilderness while grazing.
Hardships will make us increase our praises to God. When we remember where God has drawn us in terms of hardship, we can’t praise enough, thanking Him for what He has done. David praised God till his clothes fell down, remembering his turbulent journey, facing wild animals while grazing, facing Goliath, facing Saul’s madness and many others. David had a lot to thank God for, he praised God wholeheartedly till clothes fell.
Looking at our peers, we faced similar challenges. Some of our peers are drunkards, prostitutes, or in jail. Some are leading lifestyles one would detest. Us who God has secured have every reason to praise God.
Hardships give us confidence and audacity. Our God is faithful and never leaves us. God always attends to our needs.
Inspiration by Dr Solomon Waigwa