Thursday, December 26, 2002

2 Timothy 3:12

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
2 Timothy 3:12

I think that there is a very good reason that we pray for the Lord's will to be done... because it is really hard to get to the point where our will is the same as his.  We want our lives to go perfectly.  We don't want to get sick, to have car trouble, to lose our jobs, or to have people we care about suffer.  We don't want to be misunderstood or mistrusted... we don't want to argue with our friends or family.  But all of these things happen.  Does this mean that we are doing something wrong?  I don't think so.  Some bad things, sure, we bring on ourselves... but trials and challenges are going to come to us even if we are living really really well.  It's part of the refining process.  We become better through our reactions to these events.  Also, Satan likes to make us think that serving God makes things worse, and he'll do whatever he can to help us believe that.  Job didn't do anything wrong, but a lot of bad things happened to him.  Job endured to the end, and his life was blessed more abundantly in the end than it was in the beginning.  Serving God does always come with rewards, but sometimes those aren't immediate, or consistent to our eyes.  Maybe we have to learn some patience and faith.  God is always there for us, even when we are going through challenges.  He's helping us grow into who we need to be.

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