I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne… “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.” Revelation 7:9, 14
Jesus is glorified, not only by the vast number of redeemed people, but also by the unique troubles that His people have endured. The apostle John saw a vast company, but let’s move a little closer…
Here is someone who struggled with depression. But not now. There is a light and joy in her that she never knew even one day in this world. Over there is someone who lacked confidence. He battled against fear. But not now. There is no fear in him. He stands sure and certain in Christ.
You look further and you see someone who was scarred by a great evil inflicted on him by another person—it haunted and dogged him all the days of his life. But not now. There he stands in the presence of Jesus and every tear has been wiped from his eyes.
Each of these people has faced unique difficulties in life. Some have endured a lifelong struggle that arose from their temperament or from their background, but in every case Christ has brought them through. Now here they are. Think about this when you are in trouble. It will sustain you.
What unique difficulty do you need to trust Jesus to bring you through?