As I said a few days ago, life is hard. I’m sure all of you have figured that out by now. I would say I have too, but I’m still surprised when the bad times come. I shouldn’t be, right? Jesus said we would have trouble in this world, but many of us who are believers still think our existence in this world will or should be trouble-free. There have probably been a number of thoughts spoken on this, but I’m going to add my two cents on the topic today. You didn’t expect any less, right? 🙂
John 16:33 says it best, I think. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!
So, it says it right there. In clear and plain language. Why don’t we expect trouble to come then? I believe there are three reasons why we are surprised when trouble comes.
We haven’t read or understood enough what Scripture actually says. There are many people who say they are Christians who either don’t read the Bible or read it rarely. So, it’s understandable they don’t know, but I think it’s sad too. They miss out on a lot of what God wants to give us through not reading their Bibles.
Then, there’s the teaching they receive. I guess I could understand not wanting to tell a new believer right away that all their problems aren’t going to be solved by becoming a Christian. It might make them run away in fear. 🙂 But, to teach that God will always give us physical well-being and financial prosperity for believing in Him (Yes, prosperity gospel proponents, I am talking about you.) when it’s clearly not true, well, I consider that reprehensible. When people don’t see their Christian leaders grieving and hear that it’s okay to grieve the bad things that happen in life, they won’t know that God feels their pain too.
Along with this, some Christians consider themselves better than the ones who have suffered because they haven’t suffered or they’re able to hide their suffering better. God doesn’t want us to do this either. We are to carry each other’s burdens, not walk away and say good luck to the person who is suffering.
Lastly, we just don’t think bad times will come our way. We think that everything will keep going the way it usually does until…it doesn’t. That’s when we’ll truly understand what it means to have the peace of God.
This is my 60th post on the devotions from the book 100 Days to Brave, and what I’ve enjoyed the most about this devotional is that the author is real. So very real! Even with this topic. It’s given me permission to be real with my own feelings in return. I especially liked what she said today about life being hard. “You can be sad. You can be angry. You can be confused. But you don’t ever have reason to despair.” (100 Days to Brave, Annie F. Downs) God knows. God knows when we hurt, and God knows when we feel shame. It’s okay with Him, and we’re not going to be thrown out of our faith just for having bad feelings. We are still in the palm of His Hand when we’re sick, when we have a financial setback, when we lose someone we love, and when we’re just sad. Thank you, God, for giving us peace in all situations whether they are good or bad!
Praying God’s blessings on you all today!