“If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength.” Provers 24:10
We all have known trouble and will know it again.
When I was younger I often would see trouble as a “beating down” of humanity. A torture chamber for our soul to see how much we could take before breaking.
I see trouble differently now. It defines who we are.
Without it, our strength could not be measured.
Without it, we have no way of knowing we have won.
Even now, I am looking for the correct words to convey how suffering plays such a integral part in who we become in life, and more importantly, who we become in God.
If I had only a short time to live, I would like to believe that I would go to each person I deeply care about and would say to them, “Why are you alive? For what purpose were you born? To do what? To spend seventy plus years chasing after things that do not matter? Fighting for causes that mean nothing? Use your gifts, use your sufferings, use your pain, to bring about goodness, to establish hope and to point men and women toward God and his Son Christ. For what other purpose would such suffering be worth it?”
I believe that is what I would say.
Because I believe those who find their strength in God will not falter in times of trouble and their strength through Him will be found to be great.
In your times of trouble, find strength.
In your pain, find answers.
And in your purpose, find others, who are weak and beaten down, so that you might show them a better way.
“He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.”