Not a Rose Garden

Don’t believe those so-called proclaimers of the gospel who claim all you have to do is accept Christ and live for Him and everything in your life will be easier from now on and you will have no more troubles because God will look out for you. Living your life for God is not a bed of roses on this earth.

In fact, it is heaven, which is our goal in life and comes after the final judgment for the righteous, that will be a place where there will be no more pain, suffering and sorrow (Revelation 21:4) , not in this life. Instead, the scriptures say that everyone who is a Christian will suffer persecution because of His faith in God (2 Timothy 3:12). So not only will we suffer the trials and tribulations of this life, like those without Christ, we will certainly suffer persecution from the ungodly because of our faith.

To the extent that God looks out for us is hard to determine, but we know, because He cares for us,  that He does work in our lives as we strive to serve Him. When we pray to Him making our requests know unto Him (Philippians 4:6) He hears the  prayers of the righteous (1 Peter 3:12; James 5:16) and will answer as He sees is best for us.

Sometimes the answer to our prayer is no answer at all, because in His wisdom He sees fit to do nothing, We must accept this as an answer also. Too, when the troubles of life come upon us, we can turn to God and pour our heart out to Him and He will hear us and comfort our soul in ways that only He can.

If we pray to Him, as the benevolent father that He is, He will do what is best for us (Matthew 7:7-11; . 1 Peter 5:6,7). Will He heal every illness? No. Often it is the trials and tribulations of life that help us grow stronger as Christians, so God may see fit to allow us to suffer in this life, even as Christ suffered on the cross, so that we can grow as Christians and be stronger because of it (Romans 5:3; 1 Peter 4:19).

Certainly, when we suffer persecution because we are Christians we grow stronger because of it, but I believe that this principle can be applied to physical suffering as well. God allows bad things to happen to us so that we may grow in our quest to live the godly life.

Still, God has promised that we will be looked after concerning our daily needs in this life. He will make it possible that we have the means to provide for ourselves if we are faithful to Him (Matthew 6:31-34)(1 Thessalonians 4:11,12).

Jesus is not saying that we should not spend any of our time and resources in earning a living but that we should not spend time worrying and thinking on these things as if they are the only thing that matter in life. Instead we must put the kingdom of God first and God will see to it that we have the means to provide for ourselves and our families.

God will take care of us if we seek with all our heart, soul and mind to love Him and to serve Him. The scriptures promise us this and Psalms 37:25 says: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed (that is his descendants, see NKJV) begging bread.”

Until next time, may God bless and keep you.

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