08 February 2009

The Afflictions of the Righteous

Some encouragement from A.W. Pink...

"if you are one of God's elect—do not expect a smooth and easy path through this earthly wilderness—but be prepared for varying circumstances and drastic changes. The Christian's resting place is not in this world, for 'here have we no continuing city' (Hebrews 13:14). The Christian is a 'pilgrim,' on a journey; he is a 'soldier,' called on to fight the good fight of faith. The more this is realized, the less keen will be the disappointment, when our ease is disturbed and our outward peace harshly broken in upon. 'Many are the afflictions of the righteous,' and if 'troubles' do not come to us in one form—they most certainly will in another. If we really 'appropriate' this promise—then we shall not be so staggered when afflictions come upon us. It is written that, 'it is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God' (Acts 14:22), and therefore we should make up our minds to expect the same, and to 'think it not strange' (1 Peter 4:12) when we are called upon to pass through 'the fiery trial.'

I don't want to comment and interfere with the efficacy of the wisdom expressed above. I will add, however, that this is extremely relevant to the financial and/or job issues many are currently experiencing.

Read "David's Flight" by A.W. Pink online

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with the post. The Christian life can be very hard.