It is a fact at times life can be difficult for many, but being a Christian in a non-Christian world presents an entire different set problems. First of all the world has no desire to foster a relationship with Jesus. The world does not know Him. The world does not understand why He came. The world does not love Him. You, on the other hand, do know Jesus. You do love Him. And, you do understand why He came. He came to save you from your sins, He came that you would have a new life. He came to bring you joy and peace. He came so you would have the opportunity to fellowship with God.
As a Christian, what do you do when life is coming down on you hard when there seems to be no way out when your relationship with God is being affected? When you are worried or afraid? When you are in distress? I often hear people say, “Trust Jesus—He’ll never let you down.” Have you ever stopped and thought what that means. Could it be that from that point on “Your life will always go as you want it to?” Should you expect never to be disappointed again, never let down. After all, Paul say in Romans 8 “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The world in which we live that’s who!
I mean what do you do when you are facing such monumental obstacles in this world? How do your resist temptation, flee from evil, or believe beyond your ability to understand how your problems can be solved? First of all you must realize the God you serve and trust is Faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:9 says “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” Therefore even when life doesn’t go your way, Jesus remains faithful and works in your best interests.
You may wonder sometimes if God is “punishing” you for wrong choices you have made or make in life. Although He can, God is not the cause of your disappointment, God however, uses the disappointments you experience in this life, brought on by this broken world to train you to share His holiness and righteousness. . All our punishment for sin was placed upon Jesus on the cross Romans 5:9. The wrath of God was poured out on Him so that for those who are “in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1 no wrath remains. When we give our lives to Christ, our Substitute for sin, our sin is forgiven and God remembers it no more Hebrews 8:12; 10:15-18. Paul says in Romans 8:28 … “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
God does not necessarily remove the natural consequences of sin; those consequences are tools God uses to teach us, to prevent us from repeating the same mistakes, and to remind us of His Grace. God uses our circumstances in this life to discipline us for our own good that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:7–11
Scripture promises, “God disciplines us for our good.” He doesn’t miscalculate, doesn’t make mistakes, and will never look back at what He allows in our lives and say, “If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t do that way.” God gives us a clear reason for disciplining us: “that we may share in his holiness.” This discipline helps us to turn from sin. Knowing that God is working to “later on” make us more Christ-like can help us to endure the pain of disappointment and to keep an eternal perspective.
We all have dreams but often unfortunately we don’t see them realized in this world. Situations in life don’t always turn out as we had envisioned. We often become discouraged and lose hope. Through the challenges and disappointments you now face, you are learning perspective and patience, which will serve you well now and into the future. He is shaping you to dream even greater dreams that you will one day live as God is preparing you to live out in this life through His Peace and when His Kingdom Comes where you will have an enhanced wisdom, skill, appreciation, and joy unspeakable.