In resurrection, God starts all over with a new creation. But resurrection always follows suffering and death.
Herein lies an important lesson. If you make a home for the Lord Jesus Christ, hard times will come. Crisis will come. Suffering will come. Even death – in some form – will come.
Suffering is worldwide and neck deep. But for the Christian, suffering has a purpose. It’s the chiseling of God designed to transform you into the image of His Son.
A word of encouragement: if your foundations are in Jesus Christ, then you can weather the storm. You can endure the crisis. You can put on your asbestos suit and walk through the fire because you are standing on Him who is the Immovable Rock.
Yet resurrection is always on the other side, if you stand and endure.
A Spirit-led man or woman is someone who has faced tragedy, faced loss, looked unbearable and exquisite pain in the face… and has stood his or her ground.
With their garments still smoking, these men and women have said before God, mortals and angels:
“It is well with my soul. God’s enemy has thrown his best at me, and I’m still here. I’m still on the Rock. I’ve not sunk. I’m still standing. I’ve not been destroyed, and I’ve not gone under. I will continue to follow my Lord, come hell or high water. He is still on the throne!”
Be encouraged, dear child of God. If the Lord is with you, who can be against you?
No matter how tight the screws get, you press on . . . by Him, through Him, and to Him.