Life isn't easy! I used to wonder what was wrong with me.
I really don't watch many of those TV preachers but there are some who claim that as a Christian, I should have:
- Good health
- Wealth and prosperity
Hmm ...what am I doing wrong?
I had poor health as a child but now my health is good.
I've had poverty, wealth, more wealth and not much wealth.
I've had many moments of happiness but also many moments of sadness and even some depression.My life seems to be a series of ups and downs. No smooth sailing for me! What is wrong with me?
Listen to what the Bible says:
1 Peter 4:12-13 "Dear friends, do not be suprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed."
There are times when I've suffered because of the consequences of the poor choices I've made.
There are other times when I've suffered because of someone else's sin.
But there are also times when I suffer and ...I don't know the reason.
So, what do I do? I choose to pray for God's wisdom and strength. It seems I learn to depend more and more on Him when I go through my trials. And I hate to admit this, but I learn the most important lessons when I'm going through difficult circumstances.
How about you? Has it been smooth sailing for you? Or do you find lots of struggles in your life? What do you learn when you go through difficult and challenging circumstances? How do you choose to respond? Have you become bitter or better?