Commentary By: Gordon King
Living in the world is not always easy, and living in the world as a believer in Jesus Christ is even more difficult, or it can be.
Christians experience not only the same hardships and suffering that the secular world does, but also persecution, mocking, and scorning from the secular world. At other times the good Lord may allow us to go through trials and tribulations in order to bring us closer to Himself. He may also allow Satan to tempt us and try us, to bring us to our knees. All of these things can be very trying and difficult to withstand.
At times we suffer just because we are living in a fallen world, other times we suffer because we bring it upon ourselves, and other times it may be to test our faith or to bring us closer to God. Whatever the reason, we will suffer at some point in our lives.
I see many believers who seem to be always riding the highs in life, sitting atop the mountain peaks, yet I also see many believers who seem to be always riding through the valleys in life, struggling and fighting battle after battle. Is it just me, or does anyone else see this pattern?
And while there are believers in both camps, there are also believers who live in both of them, struggling through the valleys, and also riding the high mountain tops, up and downs like riding the stock market.
I have lived through both scenarios, high atop the mountain peaks, and deep down in the valley below, and I much more prefer the mountain peaks! I believe that most of us have experienced the valleys in our lives. Unfortunately, in my life I seem to have lived in more valleys than on mountain tops.
Why does the Lord allow this? Why does He seem to bless some people much more than others? Why does He allow some people to suffer much more than others? My answer is: “I don’t know!”, but I wish that I did. I can only speculate on why these things happen and why He allows them to happen.
My point in all of this is that we all need encouragement. We all need the support and encouragement from one another. The Lord is our strength, He is our courage, and He is with us at all times, but we don’t always hear from God, and we don’t always listen. At times we feel His presence, while at other times we feel alone and perhaps even abandoned!
The world can be a very ugly place, and if we study scripture then we know it’s not going to get any better until Christ rules the world. Persecution will increase, difficulty will increase. We need each other!
Even though we are Christians, we still have to live in this world until the Lord takes us home, that’s a fact! We can choose to follow God’s lead, or we can rebel and try and do it on our own. In the end we will find out that God’s way is the best way, even though it may not always be the easy way.
I struggle with the world on a daily basis, I fight the battles before me, yet I don’t always win. At times I feel overwhelmed by what lies before me, yet at the end of the day I know that God is with me!
Perseverance is something that we all need as believers, the ability to withstand the world and what it may bring our way, the ability to keep and grow in our faith, the ability to stand under pressure. There are times when we feel like just giving in, throwing in the towel, but we cannot! We must stand firm in our beliefs and in our faith.
This is where encouragement from other believers plays a vital role in our well-being as Christians. Knowing that fellow saints have your back, that you are not alone in the fight, that there are other believers going through the same thing or similar situations in life.
God loves you, I love you, you are not alone in the battle! Know that you are loved, know that you have the prayers of the saints backing you up! Take your requests to the throne room of God our Father in heaven, and know that He hears you. He may not respond when you want Him to, and He may not respond how you want Him to, but I believe with all of my heart that He will respond!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.“
Our darkest hours are deep in the valley below, yet when we come up and out of it, then we will see God’s glory shine, a light, a beacon on the mountain top! Persevere and your faith will be increased, follow God’s lead and your trust in Him will also increase.
Love one another, help one another, pray for one another, and encourage one another! Support each other with the love of God. This is what being a Christian is all about!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!