Debt. It sucks.
Growing up in a big family, it’s not that we were ever in a place where we couldn’t afford food or basic needs. Sometimes it was close, but my parents always did such a great job of providing for me and my siblings regardless of whether that meant that they would have to go without. However, that doesn’t mean that we did not “inherit” some of the weirdest things from other family members that wanted to help us out. For some reason couches were our thing… I don’t know why but for some reason people just gave us their old couches. We have owned green, purple, floral, blue and many other couches. Don’t get me wrong, my family was always grateful and there was never any pride, however, I remember a few years ago I just got to a point where I got tired of always having hand me down furniture. I just wanted a nice brand new sectional couch for me and my friends and family to sit on when we got together to hang out or watch movies. I remember we were driving in Collingwood, Ontario and I saw a random furniture store. So we stopped the car, got out, went in and looked around. I was so fed up with having used stuff, that right there on the spot I “bought” a couch. The reason I put quotations around the word bought is because I put the majority of the purchase on my credit card at the time. Let’s just say it was a very expensive couch. Let me first say that now I do not believe in credit cards, I don’t personally have my name on any credit cards. I have since learned the lesson of “spend less then you make” and “only spend money you actually have”, but at the time I was still figuring out the debt thing. Unfortunately, like a few things in my life, I learned the lesson that debt isn’t a fun thing to have, the hard way. My credit card was maxed out. I eventually learned my lessons when it came to money, I cut up my credit card, stopped spending more then I made, stopped eating out so much and paid it off.
I do not want to talk to you about money today though.
I remember when I made the last payment on my credit card. It took me awhile, but I remember the very moment when I completely paid it off. As soon as I did I just felt a feeling of relief like another thing was taken off my shoulders. I was about to continue on with my day when suddenly it hit me. Trials, they end. There were times where I felt like that credit card was never going to be paid off, times where because of other expenses in my life I couldn’t make a payment for weeks, but I kept at it, I kept watching my spending, I kept putting the right things in place and eventually it paid off. I don’t know about you, but I feel like sometimes when you walk closely with God it can feel like life is just a series of battles. It can feel like life is just trial after trial after trial. But today I want to encourage you, trials do end. I don’t know what you face today, I don’t know what you have been facing over the last few months or maybe even the last few years. Today all I want to do is encourage you by saying that even though it seems like your life is just one big trial, one big battle after big battle, the trials and battles in your life will come to an end.
2 Corinthians 4:17 out of the New Living Translation: “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”
Somehow, at some point in our lives we have believed the lie that our struggles will never end. We will always be broke, we will always be down, we will always be struggling with this addiction or struggling with these thoughts. Today, I am here to tell you that there is an end to the things that you have been fighting against, the things that weigh heavy on your heart or the things that keep you up at night. God knows what you’re going through, remember He will never allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. He will never give you more then you can handle. Sometimes though He needs to allow things to happen in your life to put the fight in you. We can see trials as things that will never end, things that only bring us pain and trouble, or we can take the word of God and look through it and see that the truth is that nothing is impossible with God. These trials we face will only help develop the character in us needed to walk at a greater level with God. So today, tonight, whenever you read this, let me encourage you with a few things. Number one, don’t fight the process. Don’t try and skip the hard times in your life, don’t seek comfort, seek God. If God puts a test in front of you, run through it with joy knowing that it may be hard in the present but up the road it will be well worth it. Lastly, as you run forward accomplishing all that God has for you, as you come against opposition and troubles and trials and battles and struggles and roadblocks know that the hard times will end not in the next life but in this one. Know that if you stick it out with God, your trials will end.