To stand alone in one’s belief in Jesus can sometimes be a lonely stance. Opposition can often be our closest companion. Troubles can be the tent this person lives in – the lot they have been given. As spacious as God’s love and power is to us, we can often experience the expanse of trials with it. But there is affirmation, direction and hope for one who finds themselves under such tribulation.
While living under the tent of trial, we must remember to never be a stumbling block in anyone’s path. This takes great strength to not let our guard down and allow our flesh to fly wild. We do not want the ministry God has given to us to be discredited or worse bring shame to the gospel of Christ. So we must stand firm under every situation.
Paul tells us his troubles in 2 Corinthians 6:5-7. While beatings, imprisonments, riots, hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger were his ever constant mate, he also knew that he held the tools of righteousness in his right and his left hand. The tools he held were the purity of the Lord, understanding of God’s will, the patience and kindness of the Holy Spirit and the motivation of love. These were his to hold and use as weapons against defeat. And this my friend is yours to behold as well. If you love Jesus, you have the power of God, the truth of salvation and the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ on your side. Nothing on earth; no testing, no ordeal, and certainly no evil can stand against these and win. They may have their heyday of battering, but they never have the victory. Only in Christ is victory found.
It may seem that your hard work is not producing fruit; but God knows your hard work, He affirms your faithfulness and will in due time produce the fruit He desires from it. Opposition may be your foe, but even foes can be used by God to bring about His glory through you. No need to fret, no need to be alarmed, only stand firm and embrace the comfort and resolve to carry on.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Amen!