For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” – 1 Peter 2:6
We have looked at the life of Hannah in the book of 1 Samuel. We have identified the wrong way to deal with difficulties: go down the path of bitterness, blame, blindness, and broken relationships. Hannah chose the right way: she took her disappointment to God. So where does this leave us? I want to encourage you to live courageously. Christians should have a swagger in the way they walk. Not a cockiness, but a confidence in how we walk. Paul walked that way. He taunted death, “O, death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55 NLT). You should walk with confidence because the One who died for you is with you. Jesus is walking with you. He is right beside you. His Holy Spirit has been given to you. He is with you.
This is what we’re banking on. This is what we’re staking our lives on. Because of this, you can love with the kind of love where you are willing to be hurt. You can keep investing in other lives. You can keep trusting God with your finances. You can keep being devoted to fellowship: Don’t say, “Well, it’s not working out. God’s blessing isn’t on it.” No, no, no! He’s in the middle of it.
Live and love with courage, knowing God is in the middle of it. The more He refines our faith and grows our heart, the more He will be able to use us. The more we go through difficulty, the more we will thank Him on the day we see Him. “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Don’t waste your sorrows.
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