Hebrews 8:1-8, verse 8 “For he finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah…

It is all well to enjoy God through good times, but what about when things are tough? Hebrews is clear: even through hardships, we can enjoy our Father’s love (Heb. 8:5-8). How? By remembering that our Father lovingly disciplines us.

Hardship is not a sign that God dislikes or disowns us. Quite the opposite. It’s a sign that he loves us and accepts us as his children. It is difficult, but we can receive suffering as a sign of love because our loving Father has a purpose in it: to shape and grow us.

This doesn’t mean that we have to pretend that bad things are good. It means that we can receive them with confidence that they have a purpose. All along, God is working to make us Holy, and most of all to turn us from false joy to the true joy found only in Him.