The Good with the Bad…

In many churches today, I am of the opinion that it is being taught that once a person becomes a Christian… that with enough faith… enough name it and claim it… that a follower of Jesus will not experience difficulties in life. That life will be good, with no bad.

But my friend, that is not sound biblical theology. In fact the Apostle Paul teaches us in 2 Timothy 3:12… Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. So, the life of a Christian is going to experience some hardships and difficulties.

Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us… The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law. The secret things which are the LORD’s, refers to the specific way in which God  carries out His will in our lives. Good things and bad things happen- but in a believer’s life, they are all being used for God’s purposes.

A wonderful example of that is our brother Job. He was a great man of faith, faithfully and diligently serving God. Job seemingly had it all family, wealth, a good name. Then in the period of one afternoon, he lost it all. And on top of that, Satan was allowed to personally inflict sores and boils upon the man. Physically, he was in a terrible shape.

The only family left to him was his wife. And in Job 2:9 we are told…Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!”

But our brother’s faith was a bit deeper than that… for we read in Job 2:10… But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

You see dear Christian, Job lived out his life… through words and deeds, his confidence that God was in control and had a plan and a purpose in every aspect of his life… and he leaned heavily upon that trust in the crisis time of his life.

I know that some who are reading this are at this very moment are struggling with difficulties in their lives. Stay strong in the LORD. There is a reason for it, it has not taken God by surprise. Lean on your faith. If you do not, it will get ugly… depression, stress, anxiety will set in and stay… and that is the place where Satan dwells.

Philippians 4:6-7 tells us… Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

You want peace? Pray, take it to the Lord Jesus!

 

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