Friday, April 22, 2022

Daily Devotion: A Life of Trials & Triumphs

Bible Reading:  Acts 14:1-22

Key Verse: Verse 22 – “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”

Key Words: through much tribulation

Roy Laurin in his book on Acts writes: “It could be assumed, because these men were servants of God, that they were immune to abuse, danger, hardship, persecution, and death.  But this would be a false assumption because their leader, the Lord Jesus Christ, had said, ‘In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33).  It could be assumed that because many are Christians, who have made great sacrifices, that they are not to be subjected to the same difficulties, diseases and disasters that come to others; but are to enjoy a sort of cosmic immunity to life’s common troubles.  This, too, would be a wrong assumption.  There is no promise in our Christian faith which gives immunity to the followers of Jesus from the sufferings, adversities, and disabilities of life.  In fact, when Paul and Barnabas were returning to their home base at Antioch, at the close of their first missionary thrust into the Gentile world, they stopped at the cities where they had founded churches on their way in.  They confirmed these believers in their faith and exhorted them to continue in their newly found faith, saying, ‘that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God (verse 22).”

It’s often during these times of trial, tribulation, and difficulty that we are at a loss as to what to do like the old woodsman’s advice about catching a porcupine: ”Watch for the slapping tail as you dash in and drop a large washtub over him.  The washtub will give you something to sit on while you ponder your next move.”

I don’t always know what the next move is, but I know what it’s not; it’s not to quit.  We keep going through all of our trials, tribulations, and difficulties until we enter into the kingdom of God.

What to do:
✞ Don’t quit.  Winners never quit and quitters never win.

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