Difficulties

The road of a Christian in today's world is not an easy one.  I don't think it was ever intended that way.  Look at some of the words Christ spoke in the scripture;

Matt. 5:11, "Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me."

John 16:33, "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world".

Difficult times are a part of a Christian's life in this world.  To run from it or to seek an easier path is to often deny the very circumstances that God created to make you both stronger and more useful to him.  As God's chosen we are called and have accepted the call of a less than easy path. 

But the good news comes from the fact that difficult times offer no greater opportunity to embrace the strength, comfort and presence of God. 

2 Cor. 12:10 says, "Therefore I am well content with weakness, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." 

In other words, times of difficulty give me a wonderful opportunity to rejoice in my inability, and Christ ability.  Times of challenge can be embraced as a wonderful exhibition of the very power that saved me, and can make me MORE!

As Christians we don't ignore, deny or flee from the many challenges, difficulties and worries of this present day.  We are condition by God to overcome, to embrace these things that cause us the most uneasiness, knowing that God is bigger and that His strength and purpose will be recognized and realized through His people to a lost world. 

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