“Continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” Acts 14:21-22
I was once told that through my trials and tribulation I would lose my faith. I thought at the time this person was a fool for telling me such a thing. Indeed this person was a fool because he had obviously never experienced the power of Gods provision or the sovereignty of the Lord. Trials and tribulations are bound to come when we follow Christ. It is not a matter of if we will face tribulation but when we will face it. I’ve been going through a hard trial for the last 3 years that has caused me to questions my faith, to question God, to question everything I’m doing. It is though our hardships we begin to wonder if we have done something wrong or think perhaps God is punishing us. It is why scripture tells us to “continue in the faith.” What does this mean? It means we must keep our faith in Jesus and put our hope and trust in Him. It means we have to fight, endure, wrestle, trust, hope and don’t give up. Having faith is continual it does not rest, it does not stop, it does not quit. Have faith and continue to have faith because you are running a race and everything is coming at you to stop you from crossing the finish line.
Imagine with me for a moment that we are all running the race of life, each day we grow more weary, each day we must cross another obstacle, each day seems harder. As we run this race we see others around us who have fallen, others who have given up and are walking away. We are all so close to the end that we can see the finish line and what lies beyond. Standing just on the other side of the finish line is Jesus and his kingdom. He is waiting for you, cheering for you to continue in the faith. This is why we must continue in the faith, this is why we must endure because it is through our “tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
Here is what we can learn from this verse.
- Faith is a continual process. It is at the very core of Christianity and it is what we must have in order to follow Christ.
- There will be many tribulations. Jesus never promised an easy life once you follow after him. Jesus did not have any easy life and he was God. Why should you think your life will be any different? It is clear that we will face many difficulties in this life which is why we must continue to have faith.
- There is an end to tribulation. This happens when Jesus returns or we leave this world through death. “The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son” Rev 21:7. Take hope and continue in the faith because one day it will end and we will be with God in his kingdom.
God is at work in you each day even when we think he is not. His word tells us “never will I leave you and never will I forsake you.” Even though we face many tribulations God is with us through each one. Call on him today, you are not alone and you don’t have to face your hardships alone. Each day that passes puts us this much closer to eternity. Don’t give up now you are almost there you are so close to the kingdom of God.