You may be going through a difficult time, but greater things are coming!
We all face setbacks in life and things happen that we don’t understand. When we go through loss and disappointments, it’s easy to get discouraged and think, “This is the way it’s always going to be.” But remind yourself: this is not how your story ends. The loneliness, the bad break, the anxiety is not your destiny—Greater Is Coming: greater joy, greater strength, greater relationships. That setback in your finances, that client you lost, the unfair childhood—none of it stops your purpose. Greater opportunities are coming, greater favor, greater influence.
When you’re in difficult times, keep Greater Is Coming in your mind. You haven’t come this far just to fail, just the opposite: this disappointment is going to launch you into your destiny. Your trouble is temporary, while your future glory is permanent. The key: Don’t stay focused on the suffering; stay focused on the glory that’s coming. There are times when you have to suffer in silence. You may need to do the right thing when it’s not fair, work hard when you’re not getting the credit, be good to someone who is not being good to you, but you are a wonderfully made masterpiece. You’ve been crowned with favor. Your suffering is not in vain—it’s serving a purpose and leading you to greater honor, greater favor, greater victories.
YOUR GREATER IS COMING
An Excerpt from Chapter 1
We all face setbacks in life, things we don’t understand. We may have lost a loved one, had a friend walk out of our relationship, or are dealing with an illness. When we go through loss and bad breaks, it’s easy to think that’s the way it’s always going to be. But our God is a God of restoration. He doesn’t stop every difficulty, and He doesn’t keep us from every challenge. But He promises He will pay us back for the wrongs. He will restore what’s been stolen. David says in Psalm 71, “You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but You will restore me to even greater honor.” The suffering is a setup. God allows the difficulty, not to make you miser- able but to restore you to greater honor. He never brings you out the same. He makes the enemy pay for bringing the trouble.
When you’re in tough times, you need to remind yourself that it’s not how your story ends. The loneliness, the bad break, or the anxiety is not your destiny. Greater is coming—greater joy, greater strength, greater relationships.
Joel Osteen is a New York Times bestselling author and the senior pastor of America’s largest church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Millions watch his weekly inspirational messages on television and connect with Joel through his digital platforms worldwide. Joel can be heard 24/7 on SiriusXM 128—Joel Osteen Radio. Connect with Joel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit his website at JoelOsteen.com.