So today I was supposed to only blog about verse 3, but that verse alone didn’t quite do justice for describing the title of today’s entry. I see this passage as being somewhat of a pay it forward situation. When we are feeling down and troubled, God will be there to console us. He will see us through to the end, even if the end isn’t what we had hoped for. We have to remember that He has the big picture and we basically only have tunnel vision. Consoling us might not mean we are getting a get out of jail free card if only we pray hard enough. His plan might be for something much more significant. It might be the next spectacular thing. We just have to struggle with some things first, and God is there to see us through it, even if it isn’t easy for us.
But, we also will have people placed in our lives that need us to be there for them too. As tough as times might be for us, everyone else is struggling with things of their own. A phrase we use a lot at my school is “Be kind. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” As challenging as times may be for you, there are probably people with the same if not bigger challenges. We need to show them compassion and give them support, as difficult as that may be for us to do.
The final paragraph says that we have to endure the hard times just like you enjoy the good times. I tell my son Creighton often that nothing good comes without hard work. Things aren’t always going to be easy. You need to have a little grit. The old saying that I remember from when I was a kid is that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Look to God in prayer for guidance and strength to carry on. Know that He is there. He is the footprints in the sand carrying you when you can’t go any further. It may not be easy, but you CAN do it.