11 “People will insult you and hurt you. They will lie and say all kinds of evil things about you because you follow me. But when they do, you will be blessed. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. People did the same evil things to the prophets who lived before you.
There is a promise of persecution. That is true but there is also a promise of joy. Verse 11 says “will be” not could be or might be but “will be”. That there is joy even in times of persecution for us to claim.
I have never felt the pain of true persecution I live in a country of freedom yet I know persecution on small scale, between school and family. And you know what sometimes its hard to be strong and authoritive in your faith when the people you love the most are not being the kindest; but God did “not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and of sound mind.” Know in your spirit and heart today that people are partnering with you. That God holds you by the palm. That he see’s you, that he cries with you. That he only ever wants what is best for you because he is a good God. That going through the fire refines us it doesn’t break us. You are a whole lot stronger than you could have ever thought that you are.
Know today that whatever you are facing Joy is possible. Always. Not fake smiles, but contentment and true happiness even when you find yourself in a situation that you wish not to be true. When you find yourself broken and battered know that joy is still and always will be possible. Figure out who God needs to be for you today and find it in the word. Recite it over and over and know that he is ALWAYS Faithful.
For in the darkest of days all star shines, whether dimmed or bright. Just like the stars you will keep shining, and God will keep supplying your every need. I promise.