For the last couple of weeks, in my time with the Lord, I have been studying through Kelly Minter’s bible study on 2 Corinthians called All Things New. The theme of one of the days I read last week was that our suffering is not in vain. When I was done with the study for that day, I decided to sit down and just write out all of the truths that the Lord has been teaching me in this season of life. The truths that He has hidden in my heart to help combat the forever-bombarding lies. There are probably more, and I hope and pray that He is not done teaching me in this time, so this is not an exhaustive list. But here are the 20 truths I thought of in that moment:
*Note: most of the things on this list may make you think, “Well duh, you should’ve already known that!” I did already know most of these things–I’ve heard them my whole life growing up in the church–but I wasn’t necessarily believing these truths or living in light of them.
- God is with me–He has not and will not abandon me.
- This season is temporary.
- My suffering is not in vain.
- There is a purpose in the struggle–He is and He will use it.
- God is teaching me and sanctifying me.
- God will provide for my every need.
- God knows what He is doing–He has a plan, and He sees the bigger picture.
- God is good, and He is good at being God.
- God’s plan and His timing are infinitely better than mine.
- God’s power and glory shine through my weaknesses.
- Admitting weakness is not admitting failure and does not affect my value and worth.
- God has my best interest in mind.
- God is good even if He doesn’t give me the desires of my heart.
- God loves me even when I don’t feel His love.
- God is with me and working even when I don’t feel Him.
- God keeps His promises–but He never promised me ease, comfort, or control.
- God’s love and my worth are not contingent on how good or bad support raising is going.
- God shows me His grace and mercy even when I don’t deserve it–especially when I don’t deserve it.
- Being at 100% of my goal or living in LA are not the ultimate things that will make my life perfect and struggle-free.
- God does not call the qualified–He qualifies the called.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (the verses that spring-boarded me into making this list)