In the book of 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul wrote:
I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and without clothes. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
Through it all, Paul was able to keep a positive attitude and a proper perspective on his trials. I have often wondered how he did it, and more importantly, I wonder if I respond to the trials in my life the same way Paul did.
Paul also wrote in Romans 8:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Notice, that Paul said “in” all these things. The Christian life would sure be easier if Paul had chosen a different preposition like “from” or “out”. But that is not the way of life. We do not get a free pass from life’s troubles just because we are believers. No, we struggle “in” the same hardships and difficulties as everyone else. The difference is that we can still be “more than conquerors through Him who loves us.”
And that was Paul’s secret. He knew that regardless of the trouble, he would eventually win.
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D