2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
I read this quote somewhere the other day, “Don’t bother me; I’m living happily ever after”; it might have been a FaceBook status. But it brought to mind how we often think that is the way life ought to be, just happy always. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, if you’ve yet to realize it, life doesn’t work that way.
People get the impression that Christians don’t have and won’t have problems, trials, or tragedies in their lives, usually from false teaching or innocent misunderstanding. Either way, the Bible clearly teaches that the children of God aren’t immune to bad things happening to them: take a look at Job or the lives (and deaths) of the apostles and I think you’ll agree. Though we are blessed enough that we, in this country, at this time, don’t have a great worry of being killed or assaulted physically because of our faith, we do face verbal abuse, ridicule, discrimination, and other forms or persecution. While maybe not life threatening, these assaults can be very hurtful at the least. So, how do we handle them? Jesus said to count it a blessing! And to pray for those that are performing these acts. Too often we remember the former and not the latter. Let us pray first and count the blessing afterward.