. . . Be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset— rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined] . . .
— 1 Peter 5:8-9 (AMPC)
Adapted from the resource Closer to God Each Day – by Joyce Meyer
Oftentimes we make the mistake of expecting that our faith will get us to a place where there’s total freedom from trouble. But the purpose of faith is not always to keep us from having trouble—it’s often to carry us through trouble. If we never had any trouble, we wouldn’t need any faith.
Even when we’re tempted to run away from our problems, God says that we need to go through them. The good news is that He’s promised to stick with us all the way through them, so we’ll never have to go through anything alone. He will always be there to help us and empower us to make it through (see Philippians 2:13; 4:13). He has said to us, “Fear not, for I am with you” (see Isaiah 41:10).
As we learn to stand our ground and effectively resist the enemy, we’ll come closer to God than we ever could if we had no challenges. Whatever you’re facing right now, know that God is with you to help you, so don’t give up! If you’ll keep going, He’ll increase your faith and bring you to the other side.
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me trust You when I’m going through things that are hard or frustrating. Increase my faith so I’ll be ready for the challenges I’m about to face. Thank You for carrying me through the things I thought I’d never make it through, and for bringing me closer to You in every moment. In Jesus’ name, amen.