So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
God’s preparing you for what He has prepared for you.
Reality makes it hard to see if God is really up to something. We’re going through ups, downs, struggles, and disappointments, and the bible says these build in us a greater and eternal weight of glory.
One of the definitions of glory, is ‘high renown or honor won by notable achievements’. There is glory in Jesus Christ becoming man! It resulted in a honor and distinction for God (Himself) and for the human race. Our Lord Jesus became human to have first hand experience of what we go through on this earth, in these human body suits. Jesus Christ became sin, and suffered various types of temptations so that He could be able to sympathize and help us (Heb. 2:18). In other words, He is able to help us, because He went through the same struggles we do.
If Jesus had not experienced humanity and suffered the weakness of being a mortal man, then we would also live in condemnation (judgment). There would be no grace, and we would be judged for sin, mercilessly! For instance, the punishment for adultery was death, like the adulterous woman, who would be stoned to death. The entire human race can now be released of guilt and judgment. We can become children of God and walk in His power. We can have partnership and oneness with God. The Lord Jesus is seated at the right hand of majesty, and has raised us to sit in heavenly places with Him. He has raised us to another level of glory with Him.
The Lord knows that like Jesus Christ, we too need to experience life in the shoes of those we are assigned to. As believers we have been set apart as instruments of God: every test we face is to become a testimony for one of His purposes. If you’re sick right now, visit the hospitals and hospices and minister to people about Jesus. If you are depressed, follow up with your friends who may also be having a hard time. If God has delivered you from drugs, go speak to the drug addicts.
When we go through tough times, God is with us: He extends His comfort and grace. He tests our hearts, gives us testimony and stretches our faith. He is able to deal gently with us if we are ignorant or misguided, because He, himself, was beset by human weakness. (Heb. 5:2)
Father God, you are something else. You’re awesome, wonderful and majestic. You put on flesh for us. You died on a cross for us. Even when you wanted the bitter cup to pass from you, thank you for holding on to your purpose for us. Thank you for sympathizing with us. Thank you for allowing us to partake in your glory. In Jesus name, Amen.