Sometimes I wish people would just shoot straight with me. We all have people in our lives that fail to provide all the details of a particular event or circumstance. What a relief to find that God isn’t that way! Of course, with truth sometimes comes hard realities and difficulties. Such is the case, I find, in my study of 2 Corinthians 6:4-10. Here is what the Apostle Paul writes:
…but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things…
Well, there you have it. Let’s set aside this wrong view of following these that removes all the difficulty & discomfort of life and pick up our crosses daily and follow Christ.
One of my favorite hymns:
Take some time and do a heart examination to see if you truly desire to follow God. How are you reacting to some of the very things He has revealed that you will experience? Embrace the circumstance. Encourage those around you. Endure to the end.