The battles and struggles we face might look different in this life, but they all offer the opportunity to change us, from the inside. And God can take what seems tragic and devastating to turn it around for good. It may not happen as quickly as we’d like, it may feel like a struggle, and we might find ourselves longing for another way, but blessing will come from it. For it’s the way God works. The “good” will shine through.
And we won’t ever be the same again. For the person who eventually walks out of this dark season will be different than the one who walked in. We can be assured, that God’s work within us is never for harm, but to strengthen us, to build deeper character and faith, and to bring us out as “gold,” leaving lasting impressions for His glory in this world.
He never promised us this life would be easy, but He does promise that He is bigger than any hardship we face, and He’s always working for good.
He’s with us. Right in the midst of it all.
God Will Bring Good from the Battles We Face
God reminds us to choose joy in whatever we face, confident that He is working through every trial and hard place, to bring us greater endurance. We never gain greater strength and spiritual muscles simply by living an “easy” life.
We can only build deeper faith and perseverance by walking through the hard times that press us more closely into His presence.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance (James 1:2-3).
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing… (1 Peter 4:12-13).
He reminds us there will be trouble in this world, but He’s already overcome it all. He’s already victorious. And that same power works in us today, giving us the faith, courage, and strength to persevere and overcome.
Nothing we face in the struggles and battles in this world is bigger than our God. He is able to do what we could never do, and He fights for us today.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory (Deuteronomy 20:4).
Through every trial and hardship we encounter in life, God will use it to make a mark in this world. The troubles we walk through can bring glory to Him. He will use our lives, the joy, and faith we have, in spite of our problems, to draw others to Himself.
It’s a powerful reminder that what we see around us, is not all there is. For He has more in store. And it is greater than we can ever imagine.
Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
For those of us who love Him and are called to his purpose, He promises these powerful words, “in all things God works for the good.” In everything. Not just the good things that happen, but in it all, we can be assured, He will indeed bring good from it. He is our Redeemer, our Restorer, and He will not waste our pain.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…You will have plenty to eat, until you are satisfied. You will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you. My people will never again be put to shame (Joel 2:25-26).
We will come out “as gold,” tested, tried, and true. God knows our way, and we are only passing through. He reminds us that will “come out” to the other side. Changed for the better, stronger, shining, beauty deepened from within.
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold (Job 23:10).
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed (1 Peter 1:6-7).
In the Presence of God
May God’s powerful presence surround you in the battle you might be facing right now. May He lead your way and keep you secure, guiding your steps forward, and covering you from behind. May He assure you He will see you safely through, as He is working on your behalf.
Know beyond a doubt, that our God is faithful; He will turn this trial around for good somehow and promises to bring you forth as gold. You never have to fear, our God is bringing a miracle as He fights for you today, and He is mighty.
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Debbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's Facebook page, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. Find her also on Twitter and at her blog debbiemcdaniel.com.