We all experience difficult times in our lives. Jesus even said that in John 16:33 we won’t always have it easy: “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” It can feel like we’re stuck in a pit, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll always be there.
The second part of that verse is important. Jesus has overcome the world—He has already won! We have the promise of a risen Savior who wants us to become all that He created us to be. Whatever challenges or obstacles you’re facing in your life today, have the courage to take heart and keep moving.
But how do we react when we’re still in the pit? It’s hard, but we are called to live lives that, no matter what we’re experiencing, always point to God. Look at Joseph—you can find his full story in Genesis 37-50. If anyone had challenging circumstances, it was Joseph. He was thrown into an actual, physical pit and sold into slavery by his own brothers. He became a slave, was falsely accused of raping his master’s wife, and then became a prisoner. And despite all of these problems and obstacles, everywhere he went, Joseph always lived honorably. He earned the trust of those in charge of him, until eventually he became second-in-command to the country of Egypt.
Joseph survived the pit and received the payoff. He never gave up, even when his situation was bleak. When his brothers showed up in Egypt to receive food during a famine, they found Joseph and were frightened, expecting him to be angry at them. Most people would be, but Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.”
What problems are you facing today? Remember that God has crafted a plan for your life, and has uniquely designed you to be able to fulfill it. The situations we are facing right now are difficult and challenging, but by keeping our eyes on Christ and always living for Him, we will be able to shine despite the pit.