Ordained Difficulty

As Christ-followers we have our trials. It was never designed by God, when He chose us that we should live untested. We’ve been selected in the fiery furnace. We’ve never been intended for worldly peace or enjoyment. "Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.” (Acts 14:22 MSG)
The Bible never guarantees an exemption from sickness or the pressures and pains of everyday life. Jesus authored the contract for believers’ privileges; He included correction among the things to which Christ-followers would inevitably be recipients. Trials are a part of the journey. They are apart of our heritage in Christ. As sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so are our trials allotted to us. God has designated their season and their time and place., He calibrated their intensity and how they affect us.

As Christ-followers we must never expect to escape troubles. Biblical history leaves no question that none of our predecessors were without them. Have you forgotten the trials and tribulations of Job? How about Abraham, he sure had his moments. Yet, by faith he moved through them, he became the "Father of many nations." A simple recollection of the written accounts of the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and it doesn’t take long to discover none of those who were recipients of God’s mercy were exempt from passing through the fire of affliction.

Although difficulty is the ordained path of Christ-followers, we have the comfort of knowing that our Lord and Savior has passed through it before us. We have the promise of His presence and compassion to press on. We have His grace to sustain us. We have His example to teach us how to move forward. Know this, that when we reach "the sweet-by-and-by," it will more than compensate for the "difficult times" through which we passed to enter it.

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