“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2 NKJV
We all go through things that we don’t understand, but that is not reason enough for us to throw in the towel. Jesus went to the cross because He knew that joy is on the other side of the cross, today He rejoices because it is through His sacrifice that we are saved. “So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with”(Matthew 20:23a). The will of God is for each of us to drink from His cup and be baptized with His baptism. Each and every disciple of Jesus has their own cross (Matthew 16:24). In Isaiah 53 verse 10 the Word of God tells us that it pleased the LORD to bruise Jesus. I believe it’s because God looks beyond the present, we should too because joy is on the other side of the cross.
Job asked his wife if they should accept good from GOD and not accept adversity? (Job 2:10), He understood that GOD doesn’t owe us anything, ours is just to be humble before Him and His dealings with us. Is it easy? Of course not! But knowing GOD and believing His Word means that we go through troubles with a heart filled with joy because we know that GOD is in control and He is working everything for our good. The Word of God tells us that “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”(James 1:12), There is no crown without the cross.
“From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”(Galatians 6:17). If you are a true believer you have to bear the marks of our Lord Jesus Christ. We aren’t supposed to run away from troubles, but embrace them, knowing that they do not necessarily mean that we’re outside the will of God, but rather that GOD has something greater ahead. We are not to focus on the darkness but rather focus on Jesus. We all have our cross to bear but after the cross comes joy, do not despise your cross! Pick it up and follow Jesus.
We aren’t supposed to run away from troubles, but embrace them, knowing that they do not necessarily mean that we’re outside the will of God, but rather that GOD has something greater ahead