We knew how their story ended after a few minutes of reading, but they lived with the simultaneous realities of their own hardship and the promise of God’s goodness for years. Even as they prayed and stayed faithful, they faced tremendous discouragement.
Did you know that one of the top reasons for discouragement is our inability to understand God’s providence? God sees everything— past, present and future—and our life is just a tiny span within that. He can see the beginning and the end, but we can’t. We only see what’s right in front of us.
Sometimes we think that, because we gave our life to serve God, we will not face problems or discouragement, and everything will be wonderful. But from experience, we know this is not true. I know I’ve faced struggles many times in my own life throughout this journey. Though we want an escape from discouragement and troubles, that is not offered in Scripture. Even Jesus was not spared.
The thing is, even though God may be silent at times, we can know He is always working behind the scenes. Romans 8:28–29 tells us He works all things for the good of those who love Him—and that is true. For years, God moved behind the scenes in Joseph’s life, in David’s life, and He brought good through their suffering. It is good for us to remember He is working in our lives as well.
God is watching over us. He is with you and for you, even when you can’t see it. We have every reason to trust Him for the future, and we are destined not to fail, but to succeed. The methods God uses may be difficult for us to understand at times, but they are always for the best.