FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

The Mercy of Trials

Key Bible Verse: For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. (Hebrews 13:14)

Dig Deeper: Philippians 3:10-21

Our hearts are weakened by sin, and we often find ourselves longing for more of what this world has to offer. But when the temporary joys of this world are taken from us, we’re reminded that earth is not our home. Our citizenship is elsewhere.

I love staying in nice hotels, and when I do, I try to take advantage of all the perks. But then I start to miss my wife, and then I realize I don’t have the clothes I meant to bring, and then I realize room service is about half as good as my wife’s cooking. All that reminds me that this hotel isn’t my home. Unmet desires make me long to be at home. This earth isn’t where we belong, and trials remind us that our paradise is elsewhere, with our Lord. There will be no unmet desires in heaven because our Lord will satisfy all our longings. He’ll abolish pain and pour his grace out on us forever.

The next time you have friends going through tough times, remind them that even the most tragic circumstances can make us stronger. Not through positive thinking and optimism, but through real hope and real change. And when you’re going through a difficult season, let it draw you closer to Christ. Don’t be afraid; the Lord is with you. The believer’s hope is beyond the grave, so even what kills us can make us stronger.

– Trip Lee in Rise

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