Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 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 4:12-13
Isn’t it funny how we latch on to the “good” promises of the Bible, but then forget the verses where we’re promised hardship and suffering for following Christ? I don’t know about you but for me any time I have a hard time, or a hard and challenging year like this past one has been, I immediate do think of it as “strange”. We immediately start asking question, “Why is this happening to my family, what good could come of it? Why does everything hit at once?” It’s our human nature to be bewildered and demanding. We all wish life could just be easy and always great, right?
As the Bible says, there really is nothing new under the sun. As I study the Bible more and more I’m amazed at the similarities of the modern day and Bible times. We certainly have it much easier in many ways, yet we complain just as loudly when troubles hit us. Sickness, trials, grief, and separation are nothing new at all. When it’s happening to us it can feel like it is though! But we should learn to rejoice, and to not be surprised when these things come along! Our Savior had a very hard life if you look at it, He was constantly pursued and persecuted, he “had no place to lay his head”. Why should we expect to be pampered and never encounter hardship? Through our difficulties in life he draws us close to Him, he allows us to just taste in what he did for us. During life trials we should look outward and upward, so many other people are going through exactly what you are experiencing, and the God of Heaven Himself knows your feelings, because He experienced them all himself! By responding correctly during the trials of life you are allowing His glory to show through to you. Remember, as the saying goes, you might be the only Bible someone ever reads.
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