This is our hope. Not that we will never struggle. Not that life will be perfect. Not that we will be always be wealthy. Not that we will never get sick. God has not promised us any of that. But He has promised us His presence in affliction during this temporary life, and He has promised us joy unending and perfection forever in eternity with Him, the magnificence of which will far outweigh our earthly trouble and pain.
In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away
This completely ties in to what our Pastor has been preaching about in church recently. Before God saved us and sanctified us, we lived as slaves to sin. But after our salvation we have become slaves to righteousness through the power of the Holy Spirit. However, that doesn't mean that we can just sit back and do nothing and expect to be transformed. God has given us His Word and expects us to obey. Yes, we are to rely on His strength not our own, but we still need to be obedient. We must actively pursue holiness. If we do nothing intentionally, our default is to drift away from God. We cannot become lax in our sanctification!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Zephaniah 1-3; Colossians 4