Tune your television into any local¹ “Christian” station, and there is a good chance you will hear a pastor teach that the Lord wants you to be happy, healthy, and wealthy; open your bible and read the New Testament and you will read about self sacrifice, persecution, and trials. Scripture has a very different message about God’s plan for you.
“Therefore having been justified on the principle of faith, we have peace towards God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom we have also access by faith into this favor in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. And not only [that], but we also boast in tribulations, knowing that tribulation works endurance; and endurance, experience; and experience, hope; and hope does not make ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by [the] Holy Spirit which has been given to us. ” (Romans 5: 1-5)
“Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into various temptations, knowing that the proving of your faith works endurance. But let endurance have [its] perfect work that ye may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1: 2-4)
Our hope, brothers and sisters, is in the promise of God to glorify His children on the last day through Jesus Christ. This promise brings great joy for the believer. While every believer goes through trials and temptations, we know we can endure these with joy! No matter what happens, we know that we are the Lord’s, and He will use trials and temptations to bring about spiritual maturity. James says to let endurance have perfect work so we are lacking in nothing! This eternal spiritual promise is a much better promise than money, health, or temporal happiness.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
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