More Than Conquerors
“We are too prone to engrave our trials in marble and write our blessings in sand.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
All of us have painful memories from our past that we cannot seem to erase out of our minds. Even after long periods of time, these painful memories will occasionally come to mind. Sometimes these memories leave scars that take years to overcome and if we are not careful will rob us of our present joy in living. How do we overcome these painful memories and regain the joy of the Lord?
First, we must recognize that God knows and understands our hurts and our pains. The Bible says that in Hebrews 4:15 “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” This verse reminds that we serve a God who not only understands our sufferings but He has faced them as well.
Also, I think that it is important for us to remember who we belong to and the hope that is only found in Him. As a child of God, we are promised that we can find peace from those trials and painful memories in the person of Jesus. John 16:33 promises us that peace when Jesus declares: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Not only does this verse promise us peace in Him but it also provides us with an overwhelming hope. Jesus reassures us that even though we face difficulties we should take heart because He has already overcome the world. In other words, Jesus is much bigger than anything we could face.
Romans 8:37-38 describes even further the hope we have in the midst of difficulties because of our relationship with Jesus. Paul tells us in these verses:
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-38
What a promise that we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” None of these difficulties or painful memories can overcome us when we rest and trust in Him. Verse 38 goes on to promise that nothing can separate us from His love. God loves us through the difficulties of life and enables us to conquer anything that life can throw at us.
Finally, God has reminded me to take more time to reflect on all the blessings of God. I love the quote above from Spurgeon and it challenges me to begin writing the blessings of God in marble instead of sand in my heart. I found it so helpful when dealing with trials and living with painful memories to focus on all that God has blessed me with over the years.
Recalling the blessings of God and embracing just how good a Father He is helps me to not allow the burdens of this life to steal my joy and my focus. May God use these verses to encourage you today!