I can guarantee that when many of us decided to follow Jesus, we thought life would be much easier. Many of us thought we wouldn’t have to worry about temptation, Hell would disappear and every bill would be paid. I now know that no part of that is true. I still get tempted to mess up or not pray, Hell still exists for those who don’t obey God, and following Jesus does not mean you will always have money. Jesus promises eternal life and even joy in this world, but that doesn’t mean life will be easy. Jesus Himself came to this earth and said he didn’t have a “place to lay his head”, people hated him, and was killed by people He came to save. Even though God is faithful, don’t expect to have a life of comfort.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (2 Timothy 3:12)
You see, many cry at every new problem in their life and it’s as though they aren’t reading their bible. Your persecution may not be someone threatening to kill you for your faith, it could be attacks from the devil to get you to walk away from God, problems at work when you’re not a bad employee, or it could be an illness and you don’t think God hears your prayers for healing. The bible says God is a present help in trouble (Psalms 46:1). If God is our help in trouble, why do we do our best to escape trouble? We are becoming to in love with this world that the thought of every problem is shaking even our faith, instead of using every opposition for a reason to pray more. How could you call God your Healer, but you don’t want Him to let you go through sickness? You cannot testify of things you do not know, God wants us to understand Him on a personal level.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. (Psalms 34:19)
My question to you is this, can God trust you with trouble? God trusted Job. Job experienced probably more pain than anyone of us can face. He lost his family, income, his wife wanted him to curse God, and his health was going bad. Yet he waited on God and never gave up hope. The three Hebrew boys did not bow to the foreign god. Many think the moral of the story is that God delivered them from the fire, but I don’t think so. I think the most powerful and interesting part of that story is when they said to the king that God would deliver, but even if He didn’t, they were not bowing to a false god (Daniel 3:16-18). You see, God could trust them! I want to be at this point in my faith where nothing on earth could shift my love for God.
Here are a few people trusted with problems:
1. Paul – He perhaps suffered the most persecution for his faith than any man alive, yet he counted it all joy. (Philippians 4:4)
2. Joseph – He went from the pit, to potiphar’s house, to prison (for a false accusation), to a palace. In that palace, he was able to help those who mistreated him. When you are delivered, you can help those that hated you. (Genesis 50:20)
3. Stephen – This man was so full of the Holy Ghost that his last words on earth was begging God to have mercy on those who stoned him to death. (Acts 7:54-60)
4. Elisha – A man living a holy life before God, but yet had a sickness leading to death. Can you be trusted with a sickness? (2 Kings 13:14)
5. Jesus – I hope we didn’t forget God on this list! Crucified for all men to live. He could’ve had angels take him off the cross, but He endured it for our sakes. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
The problem the children of Israel had was that they always wanted deliverance, but they never learned their lesson. God took them out of bondage and struggles, but the next thing you know they were murmuring and complaining again. You see God does not want to take us out of trouble, more than He wants the hard times to strengthen us and allow us to be more dependent on Him. Don’t seek to be delivered, seek understanding for the reason you are in it. When your mind is delivered, it doesn’t matter what you face. So my question to you is this, can you be trusted with trouble?
– Tovares Grey