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““Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” John‬ ‭14:1‬

It’s no secret at all that we live in difficult times. Fear, anger, hatred, and discouragement seem rampant. I remember rowing a boat across my grandfathers small lake. It would take a few t red hours to get from one end of the lake back to his cabin. By the time you got close to the end your arms and legs were aching. But I remember looking over my shoulder and seeing the dock getting closer and realizing I could make it!

It is much easier to get through the difficult times when you see the end in sight. And for us as believers to know who’s waiting for us on the other side makes it even easier. Someone once said, nothing worth attaining issue gotten without pain.

When you’re in a tunnel it’s dark and scary. But when you see the light at the end you realize you’re going to make it through.

That’s the way it is when we follow Christ. There will be dark times there will be rough seas there will be rocky trails. But we know who waits for us at the end and when we get there this will all be worth it.

“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” Philippians‬ ‭3:20-21‬

It’s human nature to judge everything by what we can see, touch, feel and hear because our bodies are created to respond finitely.

We can get sucked into the mindset that says “This is all there is.”

When we see life as being the sum total of all that we will ever experience, it gets discouraging. We want more from life. We want better relationships. We want more toys in the garage. We want to feel validated by those around us. We want to be free of the pain of abuse.

As believers in Jesus we should never forget that what we see here is temporary. The beauty of Jesus coming to earth is that he experienced firsthand the weakness of the human body and soul. That means he understands our longings. That means he understands our desires and our disappointments.

Jesus left us with an amazing promise. He promised us that the things we experience here on earth are temporary. The beauty we see will be better some day because he will return and bring us home to be with him. When we get home to be with him the struggles of today will seem minuscule in comparison to what we’ll see there. And these weak bodies? They will be transformed into bodies that will never get old, never get weary, never fail us! So don’t be discouraged by your weakness.

Don’t be afraid of the way things are around you. Remember that in the end we will be victorious and perfect because of Jesus.

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.” Psalms‬ ‭62:1‬

One of the hardest things we learn to do is wait. It was the first lesson many of us had to learn in kindergarten! We had to learn to wait in line and stay in our place! It was brutal brutal cruel punishment for some of us. But it was an important lesson for us to learn.

For some of us however, we never really learn. Much, if not all credit card debt is because of our inability to wait. All this to the tune of an estimated 13.8 trillion dollars! (2020)

One reason waiting is hard is because we yearn to be fulfilled, to find contentment in the midst of turmoil. Whether it be material possessions or relational desires or anything else we long for, when we fully trust God for our needs it makes it easier to wait for his moving.

Waiting on God means that we have learned that his timing is best in every aspect of our lives. Our ultimate victory comes from him and not from our own efforts.

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