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The Valley Before the Victory

“BIn 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

As soon as God promises great blessings, circumstances often grow harder. For instance, Abraham was 75 years old when he received the word that he would be a father, but he didn’t see its fulfillment until he was 100. Then there’s Joseph. The Lord gave him a great vision of his future, and he was immediately sold into slavery, where his life unraveled further. 

Even the ones whom Jesus healed, though we look at them and see that they were instantly made well, had been praying, believing, and seeking a miracle for a long time. The woman with the issue of blood had suffered for twelve long years and had exhausted all of her resources seeking treatment. Likewise, the blind man had been unable to see since birth, and the man at the pool of Bethesda had been there every day for three years looking for help. In all these cases, the struggle leading up to God’s greatest victory was long and hard for the one enduring it, and each had many opportunities to surrender the fight. 

My friend, as difficulty unfolds, don’t give up! Though you behold only chaos, your faithful Heavenly Father still holds you in His Hands, and He is not done working in your life. Even if you feel limited by current tests and trials, endure them with patient expectations and know that your Savior is using them to make you more like Him. You will see His blessings and promises come to fruition as long as you keep your hope alive!

Prayer


Jesus, I ask you to renew my hope and keep your dreams alive in my heart.

Reflection


What has God promised you that you are awaiting the fulfillment of?

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