Just think!  You’re a Christian – you’ve been freed from the grip of sin and the devil – you’re beaming in the afterglow of Easter – life is perfect – right?

Monday morning comes and you get an overdraft notice from the bank.  Your child is running a temp of 104.  Your spouse tells you he’s in love with someone else.  You receive a call from your doctor saying you have a terminal illness.

Some folks think that once you become a Christian, your life is going to be worry free, pain free and free from all the negativity that comes your way.  The truth is Christians continue to have problems.  We still get sick.  We suffer financial losses.  We bear the pain of losing someone we love.  We have relationship problems.   We suffer with depression.  We make foolish mistakes.  We lose sight of our final destination.  Perfection only comes after we die.   So what do we do in the meantime?

God doesn’t want us to suffer.  He loves us with an unfailing love that we can’t even comprehend.  We are His workmanship.  He has a plan for our lives, but that doesn’t mean our lives are going to be without problems.  Those problems may even be there for our benefit.

In fact, our problems may even become greater when we follow Christ.  He said, “Take up your cross and follow me.”  That doesn’t sound like a very appealing invitation, does it?

Fortunately, He has also promised to be with us every step of the way in this life and the next.  He holds us tight – lifts us when we stumble – gives us the courage to go on – protects us from the slings and arrows of this world – and finally carries us to eternity to be with Him in perfection forever.

Remember that He has this.  He’s God!


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