But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons… But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. – Luke 21:12-13

Here is yet another reason to remain optimistic in the face of trials and challenges. Jesus Himself said those trying situations are going to turn out for you as occasions for testimony. That means their purpose is sure; they are not meant to undo, but to announce you. They are contrived to make you testify and glorify God.

This knowledge will help you adopt a new perspective in the way you view your challenges and a new approach in the way you deal with them. Your perspective will change to the extent that you realise each trying condition will not determine your end, but is a platform for you to showcase the goodness of God to the world. This will also boost your confidence to take it on. Knowing the problem will not spell your doom, but will make you bloom, will add springs to your steps as you confront it. Now you know that you can pray and hope to get a favourable answer, and you can take guided steps and expect positive results.

This sums up God’s expectation from us in term of how we perceive and respond to unfavourable circumstances. He doesn’t want us to become downcast and moody, carrying a long face everywhere and infecting/offending others with our sour mood. He expects us to look beyond the problem and be joyful in our comportment (James 1:2). He wants us to see Him at work in our challenge and trust Him as He guides us to the end of it, when we will get to testify and let the world know how good He is. He has assured you that each challenge “will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.” And He doesn’t just say things for the fun of it.

Now, that is a good reason to cheer up.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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