Be of good cheer

Sometimes we ask ourselves – Why I have tribulations in my life or why God allow us to go through tribulations. The word of God clearly says that in the world there will be tribulations. At the same time he strength us with his words to be of “Good Cheer” as we are serving a Lord who have overcome this world.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Let us look at few things that why God allow us to go through these tribulations:

To have good testimony for others

Once we overcome the tribulations with the grace of God, we need to proclaim our victory to others which will strength the weak and tried to remain in faith.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:35

Test of faith

God wants us to be faithful and remain in good faith in his promise. During the tribulations we have a choice to either remain with God or grumble. Book of Job gives us good example for both these situations.

Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
Job 2:9-10

Even though his wife wanted to curse God and die, Job remained faithful to God. Ultimate joy & victory was with Job. God blessed in abundantly in all his ways.

To purify us

As we God through difficult situations in life, understand that we are going through a purification process. He is refining us in such a way that our impurities are removed so that we can stand pure in front of God.

Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
Isaiah 48:10

And finally we have a reward once we overcome this world.

If we remain faithful and put our trust in God during our time of tribulations, we can overcome everything of this world. Then we have a great promise from God.

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Revelation 3:21

May God bless you all.

 


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