If you’re in a bad place on a journey to better it most often gets worse before you get there. It happened to all the main men in the bible…. David, Moses, Josheph, Paul, Peter, and it will happen to you. You are not exempt. You may have won to golden ticket to Willie Wonkas chocolate factory but that is just the start of the gauntlet. You will be tested, for your own good, and the good of those you’re in relationship with.
Sin doesn’t want to let you go, freedom is preceded by suffering. Peter a great model of bad to better said (1 Peter4:1) Since Christ has suffered in the body, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the body has ceased from sin.
Israel after 400 years of brutal slavery were told by Moses that they were going to get free. Before that happened they had to keep building…but with out the proper materials. They had to dig for their own water, live in the dark, surrounded by disease, natural disaster, and death. When they thought that they were finally on the way to better their captors tried to kill them. They were thirsty, hungry, and bored. It was a long way to better. We get tastes of better before the real Better, like water from a rock, bread we didn’t have to bake, and birds we didn’t have to hunt. Better will happen, but better takes time. Better takes God. Hold on, better is on the way.
Know that God is in the worse, he is with you as he was with Moses when a wall of fire blocked their enemies from slaughtering millions of people before they crossed the Red Sea to safety. He is with you as he was with David when he had fallen out of favor with the king and God gave him a friend, a good friend that warned him of the plan to kill him. He is with you as he was with Joseph in the pit when he was saved from death at the hands of his brothers. He is with you as he was with Paul when he was lashed, beaten with rods, stoned, imprisoned, and shipwrecked. He was with Peter in his denial, and he is with us in our worse on our way out of poverty to inherit the chocolate factory. Do not fear worse, embrace it, our God is with you and purity is on the other side.