Why am I going through this?

Feel like you're barely hanging on?

The young man asked: “Why? Why am I going through this?”

The old man answered: “You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.”

We’ve been studying the life of Jacob for the last few weeks. Jacob, whose father and grandfather were great men of God. But whatever Jacob’s ancestors, including his grandfather Abraham might have accomplished, Jacob has to do his own growing. Jacob was threatened with murder by Esau; exiled from his home town and family; he had to travel through the desert for 450 miles; he was tricked into working an extra 7 years by Laban; he thought he was marrying the woman of his dreams but was tricked into marrying her older, probably unattractive, sister, so he marries both and now lives with constant bickering between the two.

And the really tough part hasn’t come yet.

There’s an old Irish proverb that goes like this:

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

How true that is.

Why are you going through this?

Take a look around. Find a man or a woman without trials and tribulations, and you’ll find a person without growth. The really great ones have gone through tough times.

So take heart. Don’t give up. Hang in. Move forward — in Christ’s name.

There are better days ahead. For…

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12