by | Dec 1, 2017 | Friday Messages

Anyone have any tribulations these days? Just looking at the news can give you ulcers, and then there are the garden-variety tribulations like colds, flat tires, insomnia, etc. That’s really nothing compared to the bigger ones, like life-threatening disease, ongoing pain levels at a 7 or 8 or 9, or inter-personal conflicts and misunderstandings.

We can thank God, however, that as believers we do not have to deal with violence, murder, and the outright persecution that comprise the real tribulations of so many in the world these days.

In this connection I’m reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul: “Through many tribulations we must enter into the Kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). These God allows, Paul adds, “that ye may be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer” (2 Thessalonians 1:5).

Such hard things seem to be part of the Christian picture: it’s unwise to try to avoid what He sends our way. Well, OK, then: if this is what it takes to be worthy of such a high calling, let it be.

Yet there’s the other side, and we must never forget it: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but Jehovah delivereth him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). There’s such comfort in this! In fact the whole 34th Psalm is worth our meditation; how about giving it a good look this Sabbath?

May the peace of God be with you all.

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