Lets get one thing straight, shall we? Just because we are followers of Jesus Christ does not mean we will never have problems, loss, pain, and every thing will go our way every day. If we could ask the Apostles if they had any trials and tribulations after following Jesus we know they would say, YES! In fact, they all died for following Jesus except for John who had his fair share of tribulation! But they knew something…they knew the way…they knew the truth….they knew the LIFE!
There tends to be two responses when we experience a tragedy. We either turn toward God or away from God. What is it in us that determines which it will be? Is it the relationship we already have with Jesus, or the relationship we don’t have with Jesus? Maybe it’s not that simple….
We could start by looking at why we have every day trials.
10 reasons Chuck Missler gives us in the above mentioned article….
- To glorify God
- Discipline for known sin
- To prevent us from falling into sin
- To keep us from pride
- To build faith
- To cause growth
- To teach obedience and discipline
- To equip us to comfort others
- To prove the reality of Christ in us
- For testimony to the angels
Okay, we’ve established that we should expect tribulation in our life, and we’ve looked at possible reasons why, but now what?
This reminds me of the lyrics in the song, Even If by Mercy Me:
Don’t give up hope! Don’t turn away from Jesus! He told us we would have trouble in this world, but He has overcome this world! Keep your eyes on Christ!