Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3.
Insight:“For you know quite well that we are destined for them (trials).” (1Th 3:3b)
Insight one: Can Christians in this world avoid from experiencing any trial? This is not the case! Trial is not a bad luck to God’s children, because it not just makes our faith unshakable, in addition, it can strengthen our faith (Rom 8:36-39). Tribulation not only proves the genuineness of our faith, but also helps us to remove the dross from our lives (Job 23:10). Trial is a required course for the growth of faith and the best seminary training toward knowing God.
Insight two: Why are Christians destined for trials? On one hand, because we belong to the kingdom of God and not the world, we will of course be hated by this world (Joh 15:19); on the other hand, it is God’s good intention to exercise our faith through the trials He allows so we can enjoy eternal happiness in the glorious kingdom. If a believer has the mind to suffer for the Lord, nothing can make him/her fall. Tribulation is a blessing in disguise for those with strong faith.
Prayer: God heavenly Father, thank You for your loving assurance – always be with us. Although because of our beliefs, sometimes we are excluded, falsely accused, persecuted, and our lives even be threatened, but thank the Lord, since You always empathize with our pain and weakness, and You are willing to suffer and die for our sins. Thank You even more for Your resurrection that has triumphed over sin and death. You have become our hope of victory in tribulations. You have promised: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Joh 16:33). Because of your victory, I will praise You forever. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!