Sometimes, life just sucks.
And it seems like the suck-y-est times come on the heels of the biggest victories.
One reason for that is that God needs to prepare us for the next challenge—and training is never fun.
But I was talking to a local pastor this week who pointed out another reason.
See, every victory we have is a defeat for our enemy. In a sense, we’ve taken ground from him—and he wants to take it back. Whether the victory was a new commitment to follow Christ, a sudden ability to conquer a bad habit (read: “sin”), or a new ministry opportunity we decide to accept, Satan wants us to surrender that territory back to him. So he comes at us guns blazing.
Which should actually encourage us during the discouraging times. I mean, if we weren’t getting victories, wouldn’t Satan just leave us alone? And if God didn’t have bigger challenges in store for us in the future, would He focus on training us now?
Maybe that’s why Paul insists we “be thankful in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). We can be thankful for the victories Satan’s trying to overturn, and rejoice in the challenges God’s preparing us for.
Even when life sucks.