From Trials to Triumph

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)

Paul faced much persecution when he went about preaching the gospel and establishing the church. Paul’s hope was for a future reward in heaven where the glory of God would be revealed in him. There are also rewards here on earth for those who do the right thing and we see examples of this throughout the bible.

Joseph had a dream; told his family and was coveted and sold into slavery and then ended up in prison. Fast forward a few years and Joseph is appointed Governor of Egypt. (Genesis 37; 39; 41)

Daniel trusted God and refused to stop praying three times a day, when the officials had the King sign a decree to cause trouble for him. This was because the King favoured Daniel and had plans to set him over the entire Kingdom. Daniel was thrown in the lion’s den because he continued to pray, but God preserved him so the lions could not eat him. The men who conspired against Daniel were themselves fed to the lions. After this, not only did the King establish Daniel, but he wrote a decree to make it known, that the God of Daniel is the true and living God who had delivered him. (Daniel 6)

Haman set a trap to destroy Mordecai and all the Jews because Mordecai would not bow to him. Haman’s plot backfired and he was hung on the same gallows which he built for Mordecai. Mordecai was set over the house of Haman and the King gave Mordecai the title which he had taken away from Haman. (Esther 7; 8)

All of these bible stories and many more serve to show us that trials often come before triumph and major difficulties before a breakthrough. The test will produce major testimonies and this challenge will lead to your promotion.

A.P.-Y.

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