Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Peter 4:12-14
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
God doesn't promise us a free ride in life. Often, if we are doing our job, we will encounter opposition. I don't quite think I've seen "fiery ordeals" yet, but I've had to defend my faith where it wasn't the most expedient thing to do from a career standpoint. This is a good antidote to the Prosperity Gospel folks. If things are going badly at the moment, it might be that Satan is trying to get you off course; sometimes troubles increase the closer you are to doing good works. So, don't take persecution or "bad luck" as a sign that God's not happy with you; it may well be that you're on the right track and Ol' Sloughfoot doesn't like it.

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