Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, Romans 8.28
Many people believe that if you have accepted Jesus Christ into your life, all of your problems will be solved and life will be smooth sailing from that point on. There exist religions in the world that teach that you can make a bargain with God and basically get what you want in terms of health and wealth.
This is far from the truth. Jesus taught in Matthew 7.14, that the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life. Few find it. Most people do not want difficult. In Matthew 7.21-23, Jesus taught that just calling him “Lord” is not enough. You have to obey the will of the Father. Many will say that they are doing many powerful deeds in his name. But, Jesus will answer with the sad statement that he never knew them. Obedience is a serious business.
The book of 1 Peter talks about the certainty of suffering in the Christian’s life. That suffering needs to be as a result of doing what is good and right, not because of consequences of sin in our lives. Peter wrote in 4.16 to not be ashamed if you suffer as a Christian, but glorify God that you bear such a name.
Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3.12 that all who want to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Persecution brings suffering.
The good news is that if we are called according to God’s purpose, all things will work together for good, Romans 8.28. That does not mean that bad things will not happen. However, we have the Spirit who helps us in our weakness interceding for us when we do not know how to pray, Romans 8.26. That, my friend, is a marvelous thing!