What stands out is that you will be troubled for only 10 days.
Wait! What? Only 10 days?!
It is not literal 10 days. Neither is it 10 years. Could be or could be less.
I remember one of conversations I have been having with a dear friend. A conversation that had taken me over 3 years to perceive what she meant.
I have this friend whom, despite all the challenges she faced, she always smiled and would encourage the one who has come to encourage her. I found it weird. I expected her to be at her wits end when she found herself framed, jobless and (potentially) friendless.
She lost most of her church friends but never paid back.
She would always say that at the end of the day, she prays that she will hear “well done, good and faithful servant”.
Was she embittered? Yes.
Yet she confidently encouraged me to serve despite her burnt fingers.
So I did. On hard ground and got my fair share of tribulations and trials.
Then I understood her “weird” conviction because her motivation is not in recognition neither reward but in service to God.
That’s where we need to be.
In God’s service.
WELL DONE, GOOD & FAITHFUL SERVANT.
Don’t focus on the tribulation. It is part of the contract.
Stay focused, Comrade.
Revelations 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.