As I watch what is happening in the world I'm beginning to realize we might have to experience some tribulations in this world. Before all you PRE trib people get your underwear in a wad....NONE of us knows, we might interpret or desire a certain outcome, but the fact of the matter is ONLY GOD knows what is coming up. So, like a good boy scout, 'cept I AM a girl, I shall share something with you that might help should life's tribulations overtake you and you are tempted to give up.
I sometimes wonder if GOD has allowed me to be a "tribulation queen" in order to identify with those going through struggles. I can remember coming to JESUS in a time where TV Evangelists were preaching the "name it and claim it prosperity gospel," along with some cheap grace. Well here I was, experiencing one tribulation after another. I was reading my Word, praying, seeking GOD and trying to live a godly life and the tribulations were hitting me from every side. My thought and question to my "Christian mom" was, "What am I doing wrong that everything in my life is wrong. I pray, I have yielded to GOD's will and I am purposing to obey??" She explained that when we have a lot of struggles the devil has a reason to attack us, and without any he (satan) just might be comfortable with us. (Please forgive my simplified version, this is NOT seminary.) Now once again don't get all wadded up in your drawers, just because you are comfortable I am NOT saying the devil is happy with you either. But I would remind you that life is a series of good and bad times.
I also started looking at metals and diamonds and how value was determined. Gold and silver have to experience very high heats in order to remove the dross and be of value. Diamonds are merely coal, worthless, until they undergo a lot of pressure to obtain value. Likewise ugly caterpillars must also experience a great amount of stress to become those beautiful butterflies. If you try to shortcut the process of a butterfly you will end up with a deformed product without the beauty it could have obtained.
Bottom line? What's my point? If you are experiencing struggles you are faced with HOW you will respond. Will you come through this seeing the beauty on the other side? Or will you struggle and fight and come out pouring forth bitterness? I have seen both and been both. Question is which one will you choose?
When I first came to the LORD and the end of myself I learned to love hymns. One that truly made an impression on me was "It Is Well With My Soul." One of the reasons it helped me through so much was the story behind it. It is worth reading. I felt if Horatio Spafford could make it through his "Job" experience, I could also. Here is the link:
Songs/hymns like this gave me the courage to go on when I felt life had become so dark there was no light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.
As we see all this chaos happening and impending take heart...GOD has overcome the world! Realize pain is merely a response to circumstances and not optional. Pain is a REAL indicator you are alive! The way you choose to react is the real issue. Will it be well with your soul or not?
PS I just lost my second adult child in June, so you can add this to my resume of pain in my life.