Wedged into the awkward years of my adolescence is a sweet memory I'll never forget. It was the summer of ninety-five.
While attending a youth group retreat, I heard the most profound message of my life: the gospel message.
And even though I heard it numerous times before, this was the first time I received it—in repentance and belief. As a kid who grew up in the church, the truth is, I knew a lot about Jesus, but I never actually knew him. Until that memorable summer, when God saved me.
Decades later, my commitment to Christ remains steadfast, despite years of inevitable trials. As a youth, I certainly never grasped the lifelong hardship involved in surrendering; however, I also never comprehended the magnitude of joy I'd experience through it all.
The Christian life is definitely hard, but despite hardship, Jesus calls us to follow him, (Matthew 10:38).
For us to follow him in surrender—by the strength of his presence and in the light of his Word.
For those of you who are enduring a season of hardship, may these truths from the gospel of Matthew fuel your journey of surrender.
Three Comforting Truths for Those Enduring Hardship
God is with us.
The one who leads us into a storm is with us and has the power to quiet the storm.
“And when he [Jesus] got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. . . Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm,” Matthew 8:23-24,26b
God is sovereign.
Nothing happens outside of God's sovereignty.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
God is our rest.
When he leads us through storms, we must seek him for rest. He is the only one who has the power to give rest to our weary souls.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
For those of you who are enduring hardship, remember these truths: God is with you, and he is powerfully in control. Seek him for rest when the storm rages on.