All followers of Jesus will experience tough challenges that will tempt them to abandon what they believe. All of us. All followers will wonder if following Jesus is worth it, whether they have been gullible. All of us. Jesus promised us that following Him would be tough, painful at times and would cost some of us our lives. The key to enduring these trials is the same thing that connected us with Jesus in the first place: Faith. He is the Author (the Inventor and Giver) of our faith and He is the Perfecter of it.
When – not if but when – you go through these challenging times, it will serve you well to read Hebrews 11 and 12, letting the truths contained in those chapters soak into your heart and encourage you. That is why they are there!
A friend of mine blessed my heart the other day, when he said: “Worry is the fear that God won’t get it right. Bitterness is the belief that God got it wrong.” Nice. And between worry and bitterness, in the place of peace, lies faith, the faith that knows, despite circumstances that seem to deny it, that, of course God will get it right!