AFFLICTIONS

Scripture Reading: I Thessalonians 3:1-5

“For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know.” (I Thessalonians 3:4)

We must face the reality that we live in a fallen, broken world. Because of this we should expect times of affliction, tribulation, pain and suffering. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). The good news is that Jesus is with us during our times of trouble. He will give us the strength to persevere through trials.

Christians are not exempt from the consequences of living in this fallen world. We will face difficulties, sicknesses, disappointments, and perhaps tragedies. The difference between us and unbelievers is that we have Jesus with us in our sufferings. In fact, we are in the palm of His hand and He will not let us go. He said, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28).

We will all go through times of difficulty but we are never alone — “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you, for I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:2,3a). I have claimed this verse many times during my most difficult struggles.

God is with us in our struggles and He will deliver us from them one day. He made this promise to us — “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (I Peter 5:10,11).

Lord Jesus, I know that I am in the palm of Your hand. I know that You are with me always. When I face difficulties, sicknesses, disappointments, and trials, You will give me the strength to persevere. I know I cannot do this alone in my own power, but I can do all things through You who strengthens me. And I know that one day You will deliver me from all my struggles, for I am destined to be in glory with You.

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