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Enduring the Shaking Time

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him,” (James 1:12).

The now year-long pandemic has served as a shaking time for many. Many of those things we looked to for comfort have been ripped away: concerts, youth sports, school, church gatherings, movie theater outings, picnics, family reunions, weddings, salon treatments, funerals, attending sporting events, etc.

Perhaps, your mental state was tested at various times in the process. Being told we must be careful – even going to the grocery store or the gas station can be troubling. Fear gripped many and those we once depended on for comfort may have become unavailable to us. Perhaps, life changed in ways unimaginable as one spouse or the other had to leave the workforce to stay home with children now learning online.

Shaken to the Core

Whether a close family member contracted COVID or not, the difficulties of pandemic have shaken many to the core. When the familiar is disrupted, our psyche becomes unsettled. We feel out of balance, irritable, or panicked. Perhaps you’ve walked around battling depression like never before. You are not alone. Fortunately, Jesus knew there would be times like this.

One of the major themes of the new testament, God knew that endurance would be required in every era of church history. A key tenet of our personal walk with Christ, followers of Jesus are called to hold onto Him when everything around us fails.

If we trust in lesser gods (idols) or even in other people, disappointment is highly probable – if not certain. Only Jesus is worthy of our absolute trust and confidence. He has endured from the foundation of the world and by Him all things were created. God the Father trusted Jesus to come to Earth and fulfill the most important mission in all of human history.

Jesus Gives Us Hope

Jesus stepped down from the perfection of life in heaven into a dirty stable, knowing that eventually He would be asked to lay down His very life for our sins. No one could do more to prove their love for you.

As He worked to prepare His disciples for His imminent death, burial, resurrection, and return to heaven, Jesus explained to them (and us) the importance of holding onto faith. In Mark Chapter 13, the Lord describes all the events that will happen just before His Second Coming to Earth. Earthquakes, wars, persecution of Christians, even the darkening of the sun. You think people were freaked out by the pandemic, imagine the reaction when the light of the sun is diminished.

Jesus encourages us with these words: “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved,” (Mark 13:13). You may ask yourself, what’s so encouraging about being hated by all men? Knowing that Jesus foretold these circumstances gives us the courage to walk through tough times.

Our Lord understands and has all these things under control. Nothing will happen to us in these temporary bodies that won’t be made right 100 times over in the afterlife – if we endure to the end.

Christians have an amazing gift of resiliency that will shine through in difficult times. Though we feel the emotions that are common to men and women living through trials and temptations, Christ gives us the power to endure. Let’s encourage each other with the words of hope contained in the Bible. Once the shaking time is done, “and then they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”

Worth the Wait

One of these days soon, all of us will witness the King of Kings coming in the clouds. Keep reading the Word. Keep loving everyone. Keep holding onto the Truth. It will all be worth it sooner than you can imagine.


Taking God to Work Website Ending

Dear Friends, Steve Reynolds and I want to thank you for following our website. As we gear up for new books and new challenges ahead, we plan to shutter Please join us on our author/ministry websites at (David Winters) and (Steve Reynolds). We both look forward to continuing our relationships with you.