We all face difficulties and challenges in life. Jesus said in the world we will have trials. But then He added that He has overcome the world. It is interesting that He made that statement while facing His soon crucifixion!
In the garden of Gethsemane He face His coming death and although He on a human level did not want to endure the cross, once He determined that it was the will of the Father for Him to “drink the cup” He settle it in His own heart and in His evaluation has already overcome the world!
It is easy to lose perspective when we are experiencing the pressure of life and the testing of the evil one. But Jesus considered doing the will of God a higher value than His personal freedom from suffering.
For us to esteem our suffering in the same way is challenging! But the apostle Paul viewed his sufferings in the same manner.
2 Cor. 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Paul saw that whatever the enemy stirred up against him it was having the exact opposite effect because he kept his focus on eternal realities, not temporal ones. This is what he calls the “good fight of faith.” Even our trials are developing within us an increasing amount of glory. Our inner person is developing and being strengthened even when our outer person is facing and enduring contrary winds of opposition.
In another place Paul assure us that Father will not allow us to be tempted, tested or tried above what we can endure and with the trial He will make a way of escape that we might see our way through it.
1 Cor. 10:13
No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.
When we are in the midst of our trials we can praise God for His faithfulness, even before it is revealed to us in our circumstances.
The unseen realities of faith will always prevail over the temporary, seen ones.