“. . . enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
A severe illness, a serious shock, an overwhelming grief, a heartbreaking disappointment, to such trials we are all next in line. It’s impossible to avoid tough times. Jesus knew this full well when He said “in this world all will have trouble.”
We cannot circumvent it. However, we can recognize the fact that it’s by way of troubles we enter into the depths of life where for the first time we become conscious of the undercurrent of which the waves on the surface are a manifestation and evidence God is at work.
We do not touch the deepest part of God until we hear the words of victory and exhortation fall from His lips, “take courage for I have overcome the world.”
When a person learns to rest on the power of the undertow, they have begun to live in the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is the rule of God, so as long as we think we are our own ruler, we are not fully under His rule, and there is nothing like trouble to show us who the real ruler of our life really is.
The way of the kingdom of God declared, is the way of tribulation. It’s not only through tribulations we enter the kingdom of God, for salvation is through the work of Jesus Christ. It is rather through tribulation we see the kingdom of God and set up the kingdom of God.
There are times when we don’t understand the distraction, the mystery of the battle, and the perplexities of enduring of the conflict we find ourselves in. But, we must remember, the kingdom of God is being extended through us.
The kingdom of God was established through the suffering and sorrows of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was for the operation of the kingdom that drove Him on a journey of perils and pain, of the cross set before Him.
It is the courage of faith. A courage born of an understanding of the methods God uses to establish His Kingdom. We know that our pain has a purpose.
How does knowing your pain has purpose change how you see your circumstances?