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
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
✞ Don’t quit. Winners never quit and quitters never win.
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