Luke 24:26 “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and only then to enter His glory?”
Jesus was having a conversation with 2 men on the road to Emaus. (They didn’t realize it was Him yet.) They were depressed because Jesus had died, and with Him, their hope of salvation from the Roman government. They had forgotten the things He had told them while He was still with them (before the Cross) and He was encouraging them by reminding them of those words. He said He had to suffer before entering glory.
Many times, situations can look that way. They can look like things are getting worse and that God has forgotten you. Glory doesn’t always look like glory when it’s coming. Sometimes it looks like death, sometimes it looks like sorrow. Glory comes wrapped with another cover on it. This time it was triumph dressed as trouble, grace dressed as shame, beginning that looked like the end. That’s why the Bible encourages us to keep our eyes on Him, to focus our mind on heavenly things because it’s easy to get dragged down by the things that you see when they’re opposite of what you’ve been praying for. Surround yourself with encouraging people who can help you stay on course, and stay connected to His Holy Spirit by watching the thoughts you think.
“Abba, thank You that it’s You holding me. I can be confident that You will always be there, that You won’t let me go even in the times that I may be weak. Help me keep my mind focused on You and the work that You are doing in my life and the challenges I face. I believe in Your goodness and Your faithfulness that by Your grace and Your power I will see the victory that was already won for me through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, amen!”