“Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
– John 16:20-24 [NIV]
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”
– Galatians 6:9 [NASB]
“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”
– Mark 4:19 [ESV]
The world will bring us down. The Bible makes it very clear that we will suffer. We will go through hard times regardless of how saved we are. We aren’t exempt from adversity, but we don’t have to succumb to it. It’s easy to grow cold toward God and people when we are dealing with tough times. The people who were supposed to help us end up not helping at all. When you get disappointed by people and other things, it will make you question God.
God understands that life we’re human and that we have needs, God wants us to continue to trust Him even when we’re going through. One of my favorite Christian rappers said this in a song “we can bitter or get better, I’m working hard in switching those letters” that line resonated with me because I have been in so many situations where I felt tempted to say, “screw you, God.” This past summer was some of the most harrowing months of my life, being isolated from my friends and family and unable to attend church because of not having a car. Nobody is letting me live with them despite being in a desperate situation. I felt like God had forgotten about me. Fortunately, I found a church that is looking to help me and that cares for my well-being. God may not always come through in our flawed timeframe but He will in His perfectly-plotted time.