Each of us wants an easy life, right? I know those with my personality type do. If you’re like me, you don’t like conflict. You will even go as far as to avoid it at all costs. If you are that kind of person, I have no doubt you would jump at any opportunity to be problem-free, especially if you knew you could also experience right standing with God. Many people come into the Christian life with an understanding that their problems will vanish, but this is not a biblical truth.
The Bible promises problems for the Christian. (I’m doing a great job selling the Christian life, huh?) In fact, the closer you walk with Jesus, the more likely you are to experience hardship. For example, most all the early disciples gave their life for the faith. When faced with the opportunity to live or die for believing in Christ, they chose to die pretty gruesome deaths. Jesus promised in John 16:33 that we WILL have tribulation in this world. He followed it with a word of hope, but that does not negate the reality of hardship. Paul told Timothy that “the godly in Christ Jesus SHALL suffer persecution”. So much for that prosperity package that many charlatans are promising! Nothing in the Christian life is gained without obedience, discipline, and even suffering.
We are definitely in perilous times. I don’t consider myself to be a doom and gloom preacher, but it is clear that Christian liberties are being attacked. Many of the rights and liberties our forefathers fought to protect are at risk. Other faith groups that don’t align with Christianity are included in that number. Many groups are under attack. Our forefathers fought against government control, yet we are seeing it come more and more to the forefront. Guidelines are one thing; control is another.
Many have asked me over the last few months if Jesus is coming back soon. Some think this might the Tribulation. I can’t give definitive answers to those questions, but I can say the stage is being set.
Jesus didn’t promise a problem-free life, but He did promise grace for the journey. When the Apostle Paul was faced with what he called a “thorn in the flesh”, he asked God three times to remove it. What was God’s response? “My Grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” That promise rings true today. Don’t run away because it’s not easy. Run to the Father and find the strength you need to face these difficult days.