I had left my computer screen open to Staples.com where I was looking at some business supplies online, when he spotted that big red “easy button”.
You know the one.
It’s a central branding piece in the company’s advertisements.
The idea is that having Staples at your disposal, with its huge inventory of products for entrepreneurs and career professionals, is like having access to an “easy button” that gets things done with no stress or difficulty.
As I explained the concept of what Kedar was looking at on my screen, he frowned a bit. I could see him mentally processing this novel idea.
That’s when I interjected that there is no "easy button" in real life, although that would be nice.
The real world is not a Staples ad.
We run into troubles and face tribulations that are anything but simple.
I have had more not-so-easy times than I care to remember and yet, somehow, by the grace of God, I’m still standing.
Jesus said in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
That’s a pretty straightforward statement, right? Even when we, with all our hearts, love, serve and commit our lives to Christ, we are guaranteed to go through troubles. We are not exempt.
Nobody gets to skip suffering.
There is no “easy button” for any of us.
Even though God’s word is clear, many times we have a different expectation, don’t we?
Because of that, we somehow feel let down by life (and God) when we are hit with disappointments, setbacks and tribulations.
Though we have heard it said many times that our Heavenly Father never promised life would be easy, that the road we travel would be smooth, or that the sky above us would be eternally cloudless and blue, the truth can still be hard to accept.
In our heads we know we must go through, but it still hurts.
And deep in our hearts, we wish that somehow, this cup—the very bitter one from which we drink—would pass.
Well, I have both good news and bad news and I’ll give you the bad news first, okay?
The bad news is trouble is inevitable.
The good news is victory through Christ Jesus is also inevitable.
Psalm 34:19 NIV, which I’m stirring in your cup of inspiration today, puts it this way: “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”
When you drink down the contents of your cup, you’ll be reminded that God’s word gives two guarantees: trouble in life and triumph through Christ.
Sometimes, you’ll be down, but God will lift you. You will walk through the valley, but you also will, in due time, ascend to the mountain. You will tread through the wilderness. But you will also come into the Promised Land.
When it's all said and done, the good news is that the bad news is temporary, because God’s word, which promises victory, is eternal.
As Isaiah 40:8 reminds you, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever."
Friend, you have both a promise and a problem.
Problems last for a season. But God’s word stands forever.
So instead of feeling victimized by hard times, remind yourself that you are victorious despite hard times, because God is on your side.
Trouble will come.
So, too, will victory.
Now let’s pray together.
God, You never promised every day would be easy, which is why I’m thankful that, for You, there is nothing too hard. Today, I lean upon Your strength to carry me through every hardship. I have full confidence in You and Your faithfulness to bring me through. When I am at my weakest, please remind me that Your grace is sufficient for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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