For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Getting what we want isn’t a common topic among many Jesus followers, but in reality, it has everything to do with God’s character and how we perceive him. Many of us approach the Father as if he only hears prayers for “spiritual” things. But Paul says God’s care covers every aspect of our lives: he will supply your every need.
Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.
“Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down” (Isaiah 24:1, KJV). The prophet Isaiah warns us that in the last days God is going to “turn the world upside down.” According to this prophecy, sudden judgment is coming upon the earth, and it will change everything in a single hour. Within that short span, the whole world will witness fast-falling destruction upon a city and a nation, and the world will never be the same.
We all come across crooked bends in the road, challenges and difficulties that turn our world upside down. They are painful, but not without purpose. In this powerful sermon, Gary Wilkerson reminds us that God has a plan for and wants to use these seasons for our good and his glory.
When hard times strike, we want to have a ready response, but how do we answer the problem of a good, all-powerful God and the terrible suffering some good, godly people endure?
Stephen Post, professor of bioethics, and Jill Neimark, journalist and former editor for Psychology Today, worked together to create the book Why Good Things Happen to Good People.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
Several years ago, I suffered a devastating injury to my back in a car wreck and, as a result, my family and I needed a special kind of care. Because I was completely incapacitated for a time, our household experienced hardships that were new. Normal household duties that seemed minor when I was able to do them now felt overwhelming.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you” (John 14:27).
We know Christ was capable of anger and at times he was moved to tears. But mostly, he led his life on earth as a man of peace. He had peace with the Father, peace in the face of temptation, peace in times of rejection and mockery. He even had peace during storms at sea, sleeping on the deck of the boat while others trembled with terror.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.