Hang In There
Have you ever gone through a difficult season? I’m talking about one that you couldn’t even see how you would live to get to the other side. The last thing you typically want to hear is “hang in there”. Depending on how deep you are into your situation, hearing that can stir up an irritation as if that is not what you’ve been doing all along.
Many of us are in week five of being quarantined, and I know that “hang in there” is a phrase that is being used on a daily basis around the world.
The truth is, no one really enjoys hanging in there. It’s not so bad after a short period of time, but it can become treacherous when you see no end in sight. You may find yourself asking questions such as “God, where are You?” “Why don’t You do something?” “Can’t You see I need help?”.
Hang In There
God’s answer is simple, “hang in there”. Don’t believe me? Well we can find throughout the bible where God encourages us to do just that. Galatians 6:9 tells us to not become weary in doing good. James 1:3 reminds us that when our faith is tested, our endurance has a chance to grow.
Why Should We Hang In There?
On Easter morning I listened to a sermon by Dr. Dharius Daniels (click here). In his teaching, he spoke something that made me look at the phrase “hang in there” on a totally different level. He painted the picture of Jesus hanging on the cross. Then he simply posed the question, if Jesus had to hang on the cross, why did He have to hang for so long? His revelation blew me away.
Maybe Jesus had to hang for as long as He did to be an example of how we should behave when it feels like God has left us hanging. I was “shooketh”!
Think about it.
Jesus hung on the cross for hours on end and did not complain. Even in His suffering, He was saving a lost soul, doing the work God sent Him to do.
How often have you thought that God left you hanging? I can personally think of a time or two where I felt this way. There is nothing wrong with feeling that way because the Son of God himself asked why did God forsake Him.
Not only did God not leave Jesus hanging, but He allowed Him to be greater after his sufferings.
During this time, many people have lost their job, a family member(s), and have lost hope in what their future holds. Instead of focusing on what’s negative, look to Jesus as an example of how to handle your situation. Remember what God can do in your life after this.
Yes, hanging is pure torture, but God can get the glory, even out of that. While you’re hanging, your faith is growing. As you suffer, you’re gaining endurance. 1 Peter 5:10 is a scripture I had to hang on to heavily during a dark period in my life. It says:
“…So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.”.
So my loves, I encourage you to hang in there. God has not forgotten about you. He’s simply building you to be better than ever.
In Relentless Pursuit,