If Suffering is God’s Will

Consider it a sheer gift when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced out into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way (Jas 1:2, 3 – Msg)

Around the world, many people suffer for their faith–or otherwise face injustice.

The United States and much of the Western World are rapidly turning away from our Christian faith and moral foundations. We, too, could soon face a time of great suffering and persecution. That’s how God judges backslidden societies—He abandons them to the fruit of their own unwise choices (see Dt 28).  Between engagements, I suffered the physical and psychological pain that bodily affliction brings. There was much prayer and introspection. Through it all, I learned a deep life lesson that just may be America’s greatest need in the coming months and years.

  • Father, some Americans are already experiencing suffering; more may be on the way. Are we ready? Will we view it as a gift? Have mercy upon us. Grant us repentance. If suffering is to be our lot, please use it for great good, to turn us back to You!
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