Paul says this is the reason we are more than conquerers in all these things, super-victors, with a joy we would not have, but for the very thing which look as if they are going to overwhelm us.
The surf that distresses the ordinary swimmer produces in the surf-rider the super-joy of going clean through it. Apply that to our own circumstances, these very things – tribulation, distress, persecution, produce in us the super-joy; they are not things to fight.
We are more than conquerors through Him in all these things, not in spite of them, but in the midst of them. The saint never knows the joy of the Lord in spite of tribulation, but because of it – “I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation,” says Paul.
Undaunted radiance is not built on anything passing, but on the love of God that nothing can alter.
When we go through periods of testing of our faith or character, the trials that can feel so crushing to our spirits, how is it that we can become “more than conquerors” in the midst of them?
The only answer I’ve found, especially recently in my own personal life, is in clinging to God, and abiding in Him daily.
What about when we bring these things on ourselves? How does one get over the guilt, the shame of dishonoring Christ’s reputation?
First off, even though the righteous may fall 7 times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes (Proverbs 24:26).
Satan wants to see you depressed, hurting, confused, disenchanted with God and His power in your life.
When you fall, he wants to keep you down there. His are the mockers who watch your life, and laugh when you stumble or have calamity fall on you. They, like him, want nothing more than to see you stop, withdraw, and disappear. “Die a quick death.”
We are all ministers in some way to those God has allowed us to reach, and one of the ways Satan will often attack those who are serious about ministering to others, is through trials. His end goal is to render you ineffective; to shut you up.
The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves.
Your lives are a letter written in our hearts;
everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you.
2 Corinthians 3:2