The Irony of Hardship

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The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each blog will contain One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.

One Pillar

Sometimes God allows the things he hates to accomplish the things he loves.”-William Mounce, paraphrasing a quote attributed to Joni E. Tada

One Principle

“Cancel the whole of 2020.” Megastar Lebron James uttered words to this effect just after COVID-19 forced the suspension of the National Basketball Association (NBA) season in the USA. It was not only this development that caused James’ heartache, but the temporary shutting down of the NBA came just about two months after the tragic death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash. Fast forward a couple of months and it’s the killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks in America that have sparked a needed global conversation on equality, justice and discrimination. Don’t forget that these events have come in the midst of worldwide economic uncertainty and a sobering resurgence of the coronavirus in different nations.

Is God silent? Is he aware of the hardships that millions are facing across the planet? I have no doubt that the sovereign, holy and majestic God of heaven is totally and completely in tune with global events. I don’t necessarily understand why he does not always intervene to prevent human suffering, but I trust his perfect character, his wise judgment and his overflowing grace. Joni Tada and William Mounce, who I quoted above, are on to something here: “Sometimes God allows the things he hates to accomplish the things he loves.”

In my Easter blog, I reflected on Jesus’ death and resurrection. Did God hate it that Jesus had to die? I can’t say for sure. I’m just glad he allowed it. Look at what the cross accomplished: fresh starts, new hearts, healed relationships, reconciled families, barriers broken down and a future hope. Pain typically precedes glory.

One Practical

Consider changing your perspective about a current challenge you may be facing. Something beautiful is awaiting you on the other side. Don’t give up.  

To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Brian Yarde

    Thank you T. It’s always darkest before the dawn just like some of the most beautiful spirits fights the darkest demons….

    1. J. Tyrone Marcus

      You’re right on track Brian. It is indeed darkest before the dawn. Thanks for sharing that.

  2. Richard Baboolal

    Really appreciate this Tyrone. Read this, this morning.

    For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
    Psalms 30:5 NIV

  3. J. Tyrone Marcus

    Thank you Richard. Whether we are going through hills or valleys, we can trust God’s heart.

  4. Michelle Marcus

    Thank you Tyrone. New journeys brings about hardship but it’s the end result I have to focus on and I am glad for the words shared.

  5. J. Tyrone Marcus

    Thank you Michelle for your reminder to keep our eyes on the long haul.

  6. Elizabeth George-Marcus

    Bless morning all.
    I thank God for darkness………. Sometimes in our dark moments is when we reach out to God for help, and at that point he (Jesus) becomes our knight and shining Armour.

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