Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Monday, June 17, 2013

Daily Message: Draw strength and protection from Jesus Christ ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Sometimes it seems like trouble's all around us. The old saying, "When it rains, it pours," comes to mind thinking of the hardships endured by our community this week. A mom and dad killed in an accident on Saturday, and a young man killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend too. So much loss in so short a time, leaving behind so many grieving survivors.

We all find ourselves facing hard times once in a while, some harder than others, but all of us have a share of difficulties we deal with in our lives. But when they come in waves like this, it just seems different, harder to understand.

Some point to tragedies like these and question God. Some use them as excuses to deny the existence of God. "How could a loving God let something like this happen?" they say. But the answers to these questions are right there along with the answers to every question about life, right there in the Word of God.

God is incapable of evil. We're told this in the book of James. In fact, James went further and said God is the giver of every good and perfect gift. It's Satan who perpetrates evil in the world today, but it's Jesus Christ who offers us everything we need to stand up, stand firm, and face down the devil, regardless what evil he throws in our path.
"But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one." ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Yes! The Lord is faithful and He does provide strength and protection. That doesn't mean we'll never suffer. In fact, John 16:33 promises us we will suffer as long as we walk this earth. But I don't believe it's God's will we suffer, and I don't believe God inflicts us with that suffering.

Satan is the one who wants us to suffer, and I believe it is he who causes so much grief and creates so much strife here on earth. He's constantly trying to get us to turn from God, or to stop us from ever turning to Christ in the first place. I remember a church sign I passed for several weeks on the way to work that read, "When Christians serve, Satan attacks."

We have to remember that, even in the face of unimaginable trials and tribulation. It's not God striking us, but the evil one. And we also have to remember, always, even when our troubles seem insurmountable, that Jesus Christ is faithful, that He will strengthen us, and that He will protect us!

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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