A bloom appears in the desert. Hope rises up our of the midst of despair. New life stirs as the dust of a tragedy settles. In all things God works for the good of those who love Him.
God never promised us that life would always be happy and easy. He did promise us that life would be blessed. He promised us that His mercies and grace would be new every morning. He promised that His love would endure. It is with these promises that we can walk through our times of despair, trial, and tragedy.
As we grow in our faith, God builds us up to be able to go through bad things and to still stay connected to Him. Jesus is for us that living water that keeps us connected to God. In our passage for today, Paul speaks of commending themselves in every way – even in the trials, beatings, imprisonments, and hunger. In these types of things our faith will allow us to rely on God’s grace as well. Paul ends this section of scripture with these words: “having nothing, yet possessing everything”. At times we feel totally lost, yet still have our faith and that is everything.
In the good and bad times we rely on God. He alone has the love, strength, and grace to see us through. These qualities of God are always present but we most need them in times of trial. Trust in Him and cling to faith – there we will see that God is good. He is good because His steadfast love endures forever!
Scripture reference: 2 Corinthians 5:20 to 6:10