“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” (James 1:2-3).
How is it that so many people believe that if one is Christian all will go well in this world? This belief came from a time where many were in deep depravation, hoping for better in this life, but it has altered into thinking that if I ask God, I will receive manna. We will have trials. We will suffer. That is what sin does: it brings suffering. We live in a world filled with suffering.
The Lord did not promise that we would be exempt from suffering in this world. Just the opposite. As He suffered, we shall suffer. The promise is redemption and eternal life with Him. You will encounter trials. Know that these will help grow in you what the Lord knows you need. Do not believe the lie that it is otherwise but live in the truth the Lord has already spoken that you may have true and abiding life.
Lord and Master, You have come to lead the way. Guide me, dear Lord, in the way of life so that I may now and always abide in You. Help me understand that with You and in You alone is the hope of relief from suffering. Guide me according to Your goodness to see that there is and will be suffering. If you so bless me, I will grow old and die. Keep me in Your promises, O Lord, and hold me close to You. Amen.