“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom 5:3-5)
Every time I’ve gone through what feels like hell on earth, I’ve come out the other side the better for it. Only from there can I say with conviction: “It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it; for I learned, changed, and drew closer to Jesus.” There is every reason to believe this time will be no different. I have hope.
A typical winepress in Biblical times consisted of two large vats—one in which the grapes were thrown to be trodden, and another positioned to collect the juices that poured forth. It was an indelicate but highly effective process.
When we look around at the depravity of this once God-fearing society, we tend to get anxious and understandably angry.