Today, I have really been struck by God speaking to me through my morning devotional and at our church service. I saw these events as personal God speaking appointments.
This morning in my devotional the Biblical passage of Acts 14:22 jumped out at me. In the passages preceding it, Paul had been beaten and run out of town. At the conclusion of that passage it read: “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
Hearing a wonderful church sermon about believers enduring the trials of this present life greatly encouraged me. Our godly pastor shared how we must overcome much in this world to stay on track to win the race for the prize through Christ Jesus. His sermon reference, attributed to Hebrews 11 and 12, detailed the faithful cloud of witnesses who endured great tribulations although their never seeing all the promises fulfilled.
To be a follower of Christ (Yeshua) we can expect hard trials and great difficulties. Even in hardships, we suffer many things. However we are still comforted as believers in traveling some of the same challenging roads as did our Savior–temptations, rejection, heartache.
Praise God as believers that we are in good company with Christ and one another; and our suffering here is quite short in light of eternity.