You’re not going to like what I’m going to say, but being a Christian sometimes involves enduring hardships. 2 Timothy 2:3 says, “Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” It’s not easy being a soldier. You’re at risk. You’re being shot at. You’re aggressive. You’re trying to take land. It’s difficult. You’re out in the field and the natural elements make it even harder, and yet Paul says to Timothy “endure hardship as a good soldier.”
People have all kinds of hardships that they need to endure. You may carry heavy burdens of marriages that are failing or wayward kids or pain from the past. You may need healing as you struggle with illness. When you carry these issues, it’s hard to hold onto your faith. Maybe you feel alone and isolated. God says, “Endure. Endure those hardships because when you do, you will find Me. I will not leave you. I will not let you go. I will hound you and pursue you. I will reach down and grab you and take you into My arms so that you know the hardship is worth it. Don’t give up!”
My blog today is for those who are struggling. Don’t give up! Endure hardship like a good soldier and you’ll be surprised at the intimate relationship you’ll develop with Christ through hardship. Now hear me carefully: I don’t like hardship. I don’t like things that are difficult or things that hold us back. But if they accomplish the good and perfect will of God and bring me more of an understanding of who Jesus is, I will endure hardship like a good soldier.