Many Christ-followers come to realize over the course of time that the path of righteousness is not a quick trail to peace, endless sunshine, birds singing, and an overall perfect existence of blissful happiness. In every effort to grow in God’s Word and in its great truths bringing heavenly light into the believers world there erupts seasonal sessions of storms and disasters. This turbulence of darkness that creeps over our lives like large clouds blocking the sun often keeps us from seeing the light much less walking in it.
Scripture proclaims with repetitive resolve that the Christ-following life is a vivid display of perfect days and peace. Here are but a few examples; “But the path of the just is like the shining sun that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18). “Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace” (Proverbs 3:17).
When one’s path has been green and grand in the land of grace it becomes unsettling when the glory of the green gives way to the gloomy gray of doubt saying, “If I was a true child of the King this would not be happening to me.” How quickly have the Christ words escaped our memory in times of bliss that we are to “take up our cross and follow.” Turbulent hardship, trials and trouble have never been exempted out of a believer’s life. Maybe when you were a Christian infant, timid and weak, the Lord granted you smooth sailing. He made sure you had every opportunity to gain spiritual strength and development. Now as a more fully developed child of God you are ready to face the head winds of rougher seas that will deepen your faith headlong into the face of evil revealing the value of your glorious hope. Jesus, “You alone are my hope in the day of disaster” (Jeremiah 17:17).


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