“Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory” (Ephesians 3:13).
We know that there are those in this world who hate the Gospel. We also know that the Lord knows all things and has planned beforehand for our salvation. Therefore, what happens as we suffer for the sake of the Gospel must have a purpose that is fulfilled in God’s plan. This is why we are told to rejoice that we are included in suffering for the sake of the Gospel.
Lord, this is a mystery that I do not fully understand. Help me Lord, to see that in You is hope and a future. Guide me in the way of life that You have established so that I may now and always be led by You in the hope You give. Let me not be discouraged by my suffering that will happen, knowing that all things are in Your hands and that You have promised to work them together for good.
Lord Jesus, You were no stranger to suffering. All along the way there were those who were literally out to get You and we know where it ended: at the cross. Help me through my times of struggle knowing that all things have always been in Your hands. Guide me according to Your goodness and mercy to live through all that comes my way trusting in Your purpose for all things. Amen.