(Please read Psalms 73 to get a better perspective on this article)
Just how strong of a Christian am I ? Am I willing to serve God in the good times only? When things don't turn out the way that I expect, do I serve God - no matter what? Sometimes scriptures seem to contradict themselves in God's promises to take care of us. Why is that? Matt. 5:25 says not to take a thought for our life because our Heavenly Father will take care of us; or does it? Why do good Christians have trials? Why do sinners sometimes have it better seemingly than Christians?
The Best answer to the most difficult questions concerning God's promises is that we serve a God who knows all things, even when we don't. We serve a God who cannot lie. So if Romans 8:28 says that all things work together for good to them that love God, it has to be true. We're called to the purposes of God.
The writer of Psalms 73 seriously questioned whether his living for God was worth the trouble he had been through at first; But He came to understand the wisdom in taking his thoughts to God before complaining, or giving up. God allowed him to see for a moment, the bigger picture surrounding the serious problems that he was facing. Oftentimes life becomes very small to us when trouble comes, and we begin to see only the little picture in our life. We begin to question why. If we will take time to go to God in prayer, he will allow us to understand the reward and permanency in living for Him. Living for God is worth more than the temporal things that we lack.
Don't forget that God's most faithful servants faced terrible persecution; even death. A Christian can leave the greatest testimony in his life by the way he served God in trials and tribulations. Matt. 5:45 says that our Heavenly Father makes the sun to rise on the evil and good. But to be children of the Heavenly Father we have to love our enemies, bless them that curse us, do good to them that hate us, and pray for them that despitefully use us, and persecute us. The Christian life is worth the pain, or any problem that we may face in life. It's worth dying for.
Jacob received an affliction when he wrestled with God so that he would remember life long that he had been in the presence of God. The Apostle Paul sought for healing of an affliction, possibly his sight, and the Lord said, simply put, NO ! Yes, God does hear and answer every prayer; and sometimes the answer is NO ! All the blessings that we can receive in this life from God are only temporal. To be healed from sickness means that we will yet face other sicknesses, and death. So what is the conclusion of such a serious thought? SERVE GOD - NO MATTER WHAT !
To those who SERVE GOD - NO MATTER WHAT, a promise of God awaits them, (read Rev. 21). In Heaven God will dwell with them, to wipe away their tears. There will be no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain because that will all have passed away. The thirsty will drink from the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcame all things on earth shall inherit all things in Heaven. We will see our Savior, Jesus Christ, (the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, and the root and the offspring of David). We will be face to face with the one who is our wonderful counselor, our mighty God, our everlasting father, and our prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6). We will dwell with Him beyond the concept of friend; we will be his children, sheltered in his everlasting arms. What a comforting thought!