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Always believe what?

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Is something wonderful always about to happen to us?

Now, I understand the idea behind this phrase: that we should have a positive outlook on life and have hope for the future.  And this is a good thing to have!

But the truth is: something wonderful is not always about to happen.

Life is filled with ups and downs and some mundane thrown in the middle.  As Christians we shouldn’t expect that something wonderful is always about to happen.  In fact we should expect that something non-wonderful is about to happen to us (such as persecution for one thing, see Mark 10:29-30).

A quick look at the lives of those faithful to God, in the Bible and more recently, shows us that Christians don’t have lives where something wonderful is always about to happen, at least not wonderful by the world’s standards.

Just look at the life of Paul, or Jesus.  Something wonderful was not always happening to them, so why would we expect that it would to us?  God never promised us that being a Christian meant that he would make our lives full of wonderful, happy moments.

clip_image002But this doesn’t mean that we are depressed and have a negative view of life.  In fact, Paul rejoiced in his sufferings as a Christian, and called others to do the same.  Paul tells the Christians in Rome to glory in their suffering because of the things it produces in them, such as perseverance (Romans 5:3-4).

When the Apostles suffered persecution for speaking about Jesus to others they rejoiced! (Acts 5:41).  And Peter writing to fellow believers told them to rejoice in participating in the suffering of Christ (1 Peter 4:13).
But why?

We can rejoice in our suffering because this shows that we are different than the world.  Jesus told his disciples to keep in mind that they would be persecuted because the world persecuted him (John 15:18-21).  It is a sign that we are following Christ that we are persecuted for behaving like him.

For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.  But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.  To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:19-20).

So if we shouldn’t believe that something wonderful is about to happen, what should we believe?  What we should be always believing is that God loved the world so much that he sent Jesus to die in our place so that whoever believes in him shall not die, but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Let us rejoice in that.

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