Someone once said about trials that we are either just coming out of one, in one, or about to be in one. No wonder we need continual encouragement! If you are in a difficult time, God wants you to know that He is with you and has fresh empowerment for what you need.
There is probably no one in the Bible more familiar with difficulties, tribulations and persecutions than Paul. From shipwreck to stoning to serpents, imprisonment, and martyrdom, yet Paul pressed through every trial with one focus…the presence and love of Jesus. He knew that Jesus’ presence was his place of refuge, strength, and direction in all things.
As Paul traveled through pagan cultures, he not only made disciples but encouraged those who chose to follow Christ to continue in the faith. He knew there are many battles against us and our faith. He said, “We must through much tribulation enter the Kingdom of God (Acts 14:22). In other words, in the midst of difficulty there is an entrance open to us if we will take it, one that leads to the King’s realm.
Tribulation refers to hardship, affliction, trouble, anguish, or even persecution. The word “enter” signifies a passing through into a different condition, state, or engagement, including the thoughts engaged in the mind. In plain language, Paul was saying that in the midst of life’s difficulties there is a veil that has been rent for us to enter God’s presence where we can get a new perspective and divine insights for what we need. As we move through the difficulty, stepping through that passageway found in His presence, we will move into a different state of being – a Kingdom state – from fear to courage, from heaviness to a sense of empowerment, from hopelessness to expectation and a renewed boldness with His authority over the circumstance.
This is why Paul was able to say, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” (2 Cor. 4:9-10)
Troubles come and go, but remember – in the midst of them there is an open door into the heart of God to discover His thoughts for restored peace, His solutions for a needed situation, and His decrees to bind and remove the presence of the evil one from hindering your advancement in life and purpose. You are not alone.
Praying for your faith to be strong and His peace to fill you to overflowing. May you enter beyond the veil to receive the radiance of His help in every area of need. He is there waiting for you.