We are made for the trenches. Our original design is Eden, a place where we can dwell with God eternally, however this is not our current reality. We live in a fallen and broken world where bad things happen, plans don’t work out, and everything is not as it should be. In the midst of this we find ourselves climbing this mountain or that, as we have been discussing in our current sermon series, The Second Mountain. As we live and grow, it often happens that we find ourselves in various kinds of valleys, pits, and trenches. Sometimes these lows can seem to overpower the highs, making life less of a journey and more of a drudge towards some unknown future. However, things can begin to shift when we start to realize that in this fallen world, we are made for the trenches.
Our own trenches come to us, and it can often feel like it becomes us against the world, or even us against God and what He is doing in our lives. However, this is not the intent. It is never us against God, but always us and God against sin. God doesn’t cause trenches, but He does walk right next to us throughout them. Our times in trenches and valleys refine us, they shape and mold within our spirits the perseverance that pushes us on toward God and the eternal life that He has for us. Trenches create resilience, hope, and courage. In times of trenches, God is able to teach us so much more than in times of plenty since we are so tuned in to what He is doing and working in us.
As we overcome our own trenches, as we walk through the valleys, we become equipped to help others around us who are going through their own trenches and valleys. We are made for the trenches because once we leave them ourselves, we defy the common sense of this world and go back to those very trenches to help others wade through them. We live in a broken world, things do not always happen for a reason, however because of God’s grace and faithfulness we can make the times of trenches in our own and others lives times of true and deep learning. Times where we push ever closer to Christ, learning new mercies daily, and digging deeply into the abundant goodness of who God is.
“I have said these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33