Joining Kate Motaung and a community of courageous writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is, “When.”
“When.” There is a certainty to the word that is not present in the word, “If.”
“When” as in this is going to happen. As in John 16:33 “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” And James 1:2-3,”My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials…” And, Isaiah 43:2, “When you go through deep waters… when you go through rivers of difficulty … when you walk through the fire of oppression.” Not if, as in this could happen, but when.
Difficulty in life is certain but thanks be to God, so are His promises. John 16:33 also contains the assurance, “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” So does Isaiah 43:2, I will be with you. You will not drown. You will not be burned up.
Since trouble is certain, I am also thankful for Psalm 50:15, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Bless His Name.
I am thankful for verses such as Romans 8: 31-39:
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I am also thankful that none of our experiences are wasted, as Jason Gray reminds us in his beautiful song, “Nothing is wasted.”