There is an old cliché of going from bad to worse. However, in some circumstances individuals experience unbearable conditions. Sometimes this occurs due to an accident, illness or trial. Whenever you encounter one of these extremes, faith and perseverance are essential to survive.
“You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God,’ Exodus 5:7-8.
During Israel’s 400 years of slavery in Egypt, Pharaoh took out his frustrations on the Hebrew servants. Beginning in Exodus 5, the quota of work remained the same, but the workers were forced to now collect straw to make bricks. This decision was like the last straw forcing God’s hand to ramp up the plagues on Pharaoh.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him, James 1:12.
One of Jesus’ brothers records a mindset necessary to overcome harsh periods in life. Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that when most people hear it you reply, “yeah right.” Nonetheless, staying positive is half the battle. Any type of negativity can poison minds resulting in an avalanche of doubt. Therefore, the next time things go from bad to worse in your life, consider it a pure joy so that those who endure will receive the crown of life.
by Jay Mankus