“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life”. (Revelation 2:10)

When Christ said, fear none of those things thou shalt suffer, He was implying there will be sufferings. He also stated that in this world we will have tribulation.

Paul likewise added; “yea, and all that live Godly in Christ Jesus shall experience persecution.” All of our trials are very real. They may not be as intense as the disciples of by-gone years but, they are every bit as legitimate.

I haven’t been faced with the demand to renounce my faith thus far. My greatest challenge has not been smuggling Bibles into my homeland. I haven’t fought the rats trying to invade my space in a small area of an over-populated concentration camp. No, none of these things have I suffered nor anyone else I know personally.

For the most part, we enjoy our days upon earth with only a few bumps in the road. Christ is very meticulous in His work concerning our individual lives. He knows how much we can handle, and He knows when to send reprieve from our trials. He sets the boundaries of our habitation and generously provides our daily bread. Furthermore, he never allows the battles that confront us to be greater than the grace given us.

In all of His dealings with man, His desired outcome is that we learn complete dependence upon Him. There is nothing more instrumental in weaning us from the love of this present world than trials and suffering. We seem to never draw as close to the Lord as when we face situations beyond our control. It’s only through trials we learn to submit to the will of God.

Whether our tests come in the way of sickness, Christian persecution or unresolved family conflicts, the answer is always the same, His grace is sufficient. With Christ, there is always peace in our storm if we go to Him. To teach the whole counsel of God, we must not deny suffering, nor should we deny the grace, deliverance and healing He provides.

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trials which test you, as though some strange thing is happening: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” (1 Peter 4:13-14)

Sue West is available to speak at churches and home Bible Study groups. Contact her at preacher_west@yahoo.com.sg

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