Sometimes we go through seasons in which we simply seem to not have our needs met. The Bible says that ALL things work together for good for those who love God; for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
Joseph knew a famine was coming and God placed him in charge of the world’s food supply (Genesis 41), but in our lives, sometimes we do not see the famine coming, or are unable to store away “food” for that time.
Sometimes we must endure hardship as God builds our character: tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3b-4). So while it is difficult, it helps to see hardship as part of sanctification (God making us saintly for our eternity in Heaven).
God will give us mucho mas (much more) in Heaven if we endure on Earth: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17).
So I am not trying to throw out Biblical platitudes, and have been blinded myself at times to these truths, but the truth persists: God is forging us in the fire for something better: Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction (Isaiah 48:10).
Let’s pray for each other that we can remain in God’s Word so that when the storms of life come, we are not knocked out of the battle, lying on the ground and being trampled on; but rather that we may be able to stand and endure:
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (Ephesians 6:13).