Back in the Saddle Again
1. “Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining,” Even When We Can’t See the Inside! (Acts 8:2-3; Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 13:12; James 1:2-4, James 1:12-14)
Romans 8:28, We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
1 Corinthians 13:12, For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.
James 1:2-4, Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:12-14, Blessed is the one who endures trials, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God,” since God is not tempted by evil, and he himself doesn’t tempt anyone. But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desire.
2. Those Who Persevere See God’s Work, and Experience Great Joy! (Acts 8:5-8, 2 Peter 1:5-11, Luke 6:23, John 15:9-11)
Luke 6:23, Rejoice in that day and leap for joy. Take note—your reward is great in heaven, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets.
John 15:9-11, As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.