Many teach and preach that when we become believers in Christ there are no problems, we are prosperous, and have no pain and suffering.
However, that was not the life Christ led. He preached the word of God. The religious leaders wanted Him stopped. Others believed.
Jesus was hounded by the religious leaders and finally beaten and crucified. Jesus suffered. So will we in this life.
John Newton explains why in today’s devotional.
We must trace His bloody footsteps!
(Letters of John Newton)
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” John 16:33
“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you–leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
The Christian life is a warfare–and you must not expect an exemption from the battle.
The Captain of our salvation trod a thorny path Himself–and we must trace His bloody footsteps, and not think to walk to Heaven upon a soft carpet. If we could–then what need would we have of shoes of iron and brass?
Those who are now reaping in joy–sowed in tears when they were here. And why should not we? The way to Heaven is through many trials and sorrows. If we did not meet with such things–we might justly suspect that we had mistaken the road!
“For the Lord disciplines the one He loves–and chastises every son whom He receives.” Hebrews 12:6
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001