This past weekend, Sis. Crystal and I spent a couple of days with other ministers and their wives. It was the annual Ministers and Spouses retreat. It was a tremendous time of fellowship and lots of fun. However, traveling there was another story.

What should have been a three and one-half hour trip became a five hour trip. Without warning, we drove into a snow storm that left cars stranded, trucks backing down hills with police escorts, and us driving in four-wheel drive. Once we arrived, it was worth the trip, but the journey was treacherous. That reminded of what Paul said:

2 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV)
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

What an encouraging word. God always causes us to triumph in Christ. That little word, always, is so important for us to hold on to. Sometimes that is difficult to believe. It doesn’t always feel like we are going to triumph, but God says, “I will always cause you to triumph.

This means that “when” you conquer, not “if” you conquer. Think about it. There would not be a victory unless there was something that we needed to gain victory over. We wouldn’t need the victory without the struggle.

So don’t despise the struggles. Know that the triumph is coming.