Last week, I shared some thoughts from an article I read in The Aquila Report by Matt Brown encouraging us In seasons of transition, to “…remind yourself of these 3 truths. They can bring stability and hope”:
- DON’T CRY BECAUSE IT’S OVER, SMILE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED.
- YOUR IDENTITY IS NEVER WHAT YOU DO; YOUR IDENTITY IS A CHILD OF GOD!
- GOD IS WORKING OUT HIS GOOD PURPOSES FOR YOU.
As I gave this some more thought, I became convinced that there is a 4th truth that gives the ultimate in hope, regardless of any transition or challenge you may be facing in your life.
- THE BEST IS YET TO COME! As a Christian, we can always say “the best is yet to come.”Adoniram Judson, a missionary to Burma for forty years once said, “The future is as bright as the promises of God.”
This isn’t to say life will always be easy. In fact, the Christian message is that this life will sometimes be difficult and painful. But Christ offers us comfort in this life, and an eternal hope that goes way beyond the pain of this life.
So the future is as bright as the promises of God, and the promises we have in the gospel are the brightest of all. I do believe that God works to provide for our needs in this life, and he works to use us for great kingdom purposes if we are willing.
This doesn’t necessarily mean we will have greater and greater income or opportunity, but it does mean he cares for us deeply as our heavenly Father and works to meet our needs, though not necessarily all our “wants.” But more importantly, God wants to give us something far greater than money or opportunity – an internal well-being and heart-peace no matter our circumstances in this life.
When I look at the life of Paul, he faced incredible amounts of persecution for his faith, as he lived out his calling from God and spread the gospel. God did provide for him in many ways in his ministry, but ultimately, his hope, joy and peace in God’s promises was steadfast beyond the circumstances of his life.
Paul stated in Phil 1:27, “The good news of the gospel is that, no matter your circumstances in life, you get Jesus.” Paul exhibited this understanding – many of his most hopeful letters were written from a prison cell or while under house arrest. Paul saw a hope, joy and peace that was tangible in Jesus, despite the hardships and adversity he continually faced.
God wants to give us this same hope, joy and peace no matter our circumstances. God gives us a bright hope in the gospel, no matter our transitions in life. He will take care of us. If he was willing to give His Son for us, how much more will he take care of our needs in times of transition (Romans 8:32).
You can rest at night, and sleep in peace even in the middle of a transition (Psalm 127:2) because God is looking out for you, and will help and strengthen you when your heart is His.