When something terrible happens in your life, are you ever tempted to ask, “What good could possibly come out of this?” It looks like a disaster. It feels like a disaster. Therefore you conclude, “It is a disaster!”
That’s when you want to remember God’s promise, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you… thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). And then there’s Romans 8:28, which says, “All things work together for good to those who love God.”
God doesn’t tell you that you will escape suffering or pain. Rather, He promises to miraculously use even bad situations for your ultimate good, and He assures you that you have a great future ahead of you. Let these promises sustain you when you find it’s hard to have hope.
Father, when I suffer, please strengthen me with Your Word and Your Spirit
so I can endure with joy, knowing that You ultimately have
great things in store for me. Amen.